Community Navigator Information

The DGEDC is proud to serve as a Community Navigator for this round of Back to Business Grants.

Please contact us at 630.729.0380 or for more information

Back to Business (B2B) Grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries.  Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

The program design for B2B Restaurants, B2B Hotels, and B2B Arts, respectively, are based on legislation which established the Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1100), Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1095), and the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant program (30 ILCS 709/40).

Applications will be open between April 5 and May 10, 2023. DCEO encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with program eligibility requirements and reach out to local community navigators with any questions.

DCEO Small Business Assistance Page

Application Portal

Statewide DCEO English-Language Webinars

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Register here:



Hotel Eligibility

FAQs for Hotel Jobs and Recovery Grant Program


Restaurant Eligibility

FAQs for Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program

Creative Arts

Creative Arts Eligibility

FAQs for Creative Recovery Grant Program


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