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Chicago Hospitality Grant Program

Grants to Illinois Restaurants and Bars in Eligible Locations
to Mitigate Financial Damage Caused by the Coronavirus

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Chicago

Conf. Date:

11/17/20

Deadline Date:

11/23/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of $10,000 to Illinois restaurants and bars in eligible locations to mitigate financial damage caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for business that continue to face significant economic challenges as a result of the health crisis. The allocation of these funds will receive an equity lens that considers businesses applying from low- and moderate-income Community Areas. Grants will be distributed via lottery to recipients throughout the city. Applicants must be based in the City of Chicago.

The grant must be used for necessary operating cost needs (e.g., inventory, utilities payments, rent/mortgage payments, the purchase of equipment to facilitate outdoor service (e.g., heat lamps, outdoor furniture) and/or payroll expenses) that arose as a result of economic losses experienced due to COVID-19 on or after March 1, 2020.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193276

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Chicago Hospitality Grant Program is open to restaurants and bars in Chicago that have experienced at least 25% losses in revenue due to COVID-19 after March 1, 2020, and that earned less than $3 million in revenues in 2019.

The following institutions are not eligible:
- Arcades, grocery stores, movie theaters, performance venues and other establishments whose primary business is not the preparation and serving of food and/or drinks
- Chain businesses (regional or national chains)
- Franchises that operate in excess of 2 locations
- Night clubs
- Strip clubs or adult entertainment facilities
- Any uses similar to those listed above

Grants may not be used for severance pay, workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime, property taxes, legal settlements, expenditures that will be reimbursed through another federal program, or reimbursement to other parties for goods or services previously donated.

Establishments that are in the process of dissolving with no intention to reopen in the future are ineligible to apply. However, establishments that are temporarily closed because of loss of revenue due to COVID-19 but continue to pay rent and plan to reopen in the future are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The City of Chicago will be hosting informational webinars to assist applicants in preparing for the application on
- November 12 at 2:30 pm
- November 13 at 10:00 am
- November 13 at 2:30 pm in Spanish
- November 17 at 10:00 am in English
- November 17 at 2:30 pm in Spanish
- November 18 at 12:00 pm in Polish
- November 19 at 12:00 pm in Mandarin

For more information and to register, see https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/business_support_tools/svcs/workshopsandwebinars.html

Pre-Application Information:

The Chicago Hospitality Grant Program application will open on November 10 and close on November 23 at 11:59 pm.

The partner organizations will select grant recipients through a lottery system and distribute funds via bank transfer within 3-4 weeks of the application deadline.

FAQs:
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/hospitality-relief-fund/home/eligibility-and-FAQs.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
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Submit questions to:
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USA: Illinois: City of Chicago

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