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$250M ‘Back to Business’ deadline Oct. 13

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- There is help for Illinois business owners who were hit hard by COVID-19, but the window to apply for that help is closing.

The District Executive Director Bruce Guthrie said Tuesday the state has $250 million in grant funds for businesses owners who can show proof of damage on their 2019 and 2020 taxes.

Guthrie said the Back to Business grant is for small businesses with revenues of $20 million or less in 2019, and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19.

But he said you have to apply by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. to be considered for the Back-to-Business Grant.

"It's such an important grant for our community and we highly encourage everyone to apply for it, especially those high priority areas such as salons, bars, retail stores, hotels, because those were the hardest hit during the pandemic period," Guthrie said.

Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 per business and can be used to cover a wide range of operations, staffing and overhead costs, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

You can find details about requirement eligibility, and the grant application here.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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