The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas.

Weather the crisis and maintain operations and employees

Pivot their business model to fit the current climate

Safely serve their customers

Providing relief to small businesses to help:

 

 THREE TYPES OF RELIEF

 

1

Group webinars serve as guided, interactive sessions that start to get you thinking about how your business has been impacted and how you may want to pivot your business. 

2

Cook County - Chicago Business Advising Program, also known as technical assistance (TA), helps you address the unique needs of your business, including acquiring new capital and customers, understanding financial, change and risk management, adjusting business models, and operating under new safety regulations. 

Cook County Recovery Grants (application closed) – $10,000 recovery grants for businesses in suburban Cook County that have seen losses due to COVID-19 (see full eligibility requirements below). 

3

 
 

   COOK COUNTY - CHICAGO BUSINESS ADVISING 

   PROGRAM

  • Businesses located in municipalities within the City of Chicago or suburban Cook County , and the unincorporated areas of Cook County

  • Focus on businesses:

    • Located in low-to-moderate-income areas

    • With 20 or fewer employees

 

  • Completed application form which includes:

  • Basic business information

  • A description of the impact of COVID-19 on the business (including revenue)

   COOK COUNTY RECOVERY GRANT

  • Businesses located in municipalities within suburban Cook County and in the unincorporated areas

  • Businesses with 20 or fewer employees

  • Sales reduced (>20%) by COVID-19 in any month from March-July vs. February 2020

  • Businesses who have not received federal funding in the past, or businesses that have received federal funding and intend to use the Cook County Recovery Grant for expenses different than what federal funding was used for

  • For-profit small businesses only are eligible (non-profit organizations are not eligible)

  • May not have an IRS tax lien or other judgment(s) against it and the business owners or partners may not be currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings

  • Businesses located in municipalities within suburban Cook County and in the unincorporated areas

  • Businesses with 20 or fewer employees

  • Sales reduced (>20%) by COVID-19 in any month from March-July vs. February 2020

  • Businesses who have not received federal funding in the past, or businesses that have received federal funding and intend to use the Cook County Recovery Grant for expenses different than what federal funding was used for

  • For-profit small businesses only are eligible (non-profit organizations are not eligible)

  • May not have an IRS tax lien or other judgment(s) against it and the business owners or partners may not be currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings

 
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HOW TO APPLY

Applications for grants have closed.

Business advising applications are open.

Business owners will be matched with Business Support Organizations listed below to complete and submit an application.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO APPLY FOR THE BUSINESS ADVISING PROGRAM

STEP 1

Fill out this form with your contact details

to get matched with a Business Support Organization.

STEP 2

Your Business Support Organization will reach out

within seven days with next steps to schedule a consultation

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVOLVED?

 

FOUNDING ORGANIZATIONS

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FUNDING & ADVOCACY PARTNERS

Funding for this program is made possible with the generous support of our partners:

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REFERRAL PARTNERS

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m having technical issues with my grant application. Who should I contact for support?


If you have any questions and/or are encountering technical difficulties, please review information to troubleshoot your situation at the following link. For more specific technical questions please reach out to Submittable’s Customer Support team at support@submittable.com. For questions specific to your application, you can reply to your Business Support Organization.





TECHNICAL QUESTIONS AND TROUBLESHOOTING HELP

I’m having technical issues with my grant application. Who should I contact for support?


If you have any questions and/or are encountering technical difficulties, please review information to troubleshoot your situation at the following link. For more specific technical questions please reach out to Submittable’s Customer Support team at support@submittable.com. For questions specific to your application, you can reply to your Business Support Organization.