SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) - $14 million in grants was awarded to more than 700 small bars, restaurants, and hotels across the state. According to a news release from Gov. JB Pritzker's office, a third of the businesses awarded are outside the Chicagoland area.
The grants come come from a partnership between the governor's office, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Accion Serving Illinois and Indiana, to assist businesses during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
The news release states that 12,000 businesses applied, and the winners were chosen through a random lottery conducted by Accion.
The average grant for bars and restaurants is $14,000, for hotels that number is $30,000. The money is intended to help with costs like payroll, rent, job training, and technology to assist with new demands like carry-out and delivery services. The majority of grants were awarded to bars and restaurants.
The money came from existing DCEO funds. It was reallocated from tourism promotion, job training, and general operations budgets.
As for the businesses receiving grants, only a partial list was available Thursday. Businesses on the list from central Illinois hailed from towns and cities including: Canton, Eureka, Germantown Hills, Peoria, Bloomington, Pekin, Tremont, Washington, Brimfield, Peoria Heights, Normal, Lincoln, Dwight, Chatsworth, Peru, Ottawa, Galesburg, Farmington, and Princeton.