Back to Business Grant Program

Back to Business Grant Program


The City of Centralia encourages all eligible businesses to take advantage of the recently announced Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Back to Business (B2B) grant program to support the continued recovery of small businesses across Illinois. The grant program offers small businesses access to funds that can help offset losses due to COVID-19, bring back workers, and take continued steps to rebuild amid the fallout from the pandemic. While many business types and industries may apply, businesses in the following industries will be given priority status for grants: restaurants and taverns; hotels; arts businesses and organizations; and more. Additionally, businesses located within Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs), as defined in statute, will be prioritized.

There is $250 million available to small businesses across the state that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19. DCEO will begin to take applications on August 18th but business owners can prepare for the application process early by learning about the grant and the documents required for the application. More in-depth information available online at:

Assistant City Manager, Derek Sherman states that the City of Centralia is willing to assist small business owners to help all applicable business have an opportunity to receive funding. Sherman believes that all applicable small businesses should apply for assistance as any funding opportunity can help. Sherman wants to clearly state that the grant is through DCEO and the City of Centralia has no determination on the businesses that receive or do not receive the grant but wants to encourage and assist businesses in any way possible to make sure all willing & applicable businesses have an opportunity to receive funding.

For more information, contact Assistant City Manager Derek Sherman at [email protected] or at (618) 533-7623.

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