Elgin Area Chamber Of Commerce: News From The Illinois Department Of Commerce

Elgin Area Chamber Of Commerce: News From The Illinois Department Of Commerce


June 23, 2021

This past weekend we celebrated Juneteenth. The holiday, now a federal and state holiday, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to announce the end of the Civil War. The last enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned from Union soldiers that they were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. We hope you were able to reflect and celebrate this holiday. DCEO has announced two events celebrating Pride Month. See below for those program details. Also this week, Governor Pritzker signed the FY22 State Budget into law. This budget begins on July 1, 2021 and contains Federal American Rescue Plan Act funding. Over the weeks and months, we will be providing information on the programs funded with this money. We have other program updates, so please read on! Don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels for real time updates. Until next week, remember We’re All In Illinois!

Join our Team!

DCEO is looking to hire our North Central Regional Economic Development Manager. This Team RED position is located in Peoria and covers the counties of DeWitt, Fulton, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. The posting will close on July 2, 2021. The job posting information can be found here.

Restore Illinois Plan – Phase 5

All of Illinois has moved to Phase 5. Upon entering Phase 5, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The State will continue to recommend masking for unvaccinated persons, and require it for all people while traveling on public transportation, in congregate settings, in health care settings, as well as in schools, day cares, and educational institutions pursuant to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and CDC guidance. Businesses and local municipalities can put in place additional mitigations as they deem appropriate. The All Sports guidance has been updated to reflect changes and can be found here.

Illinois Rental Payment Program

ILRPP is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The landlord-led application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program is now closed.

If your landlord has not started an application, you may still apply. An additional application period for tenants applying directly for rental assistance will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 28. Tenants have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 to complete their portion of the application. Please continue to visit www.IHDA.org/ilrpp for more information.

Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The portal remains open for applications. Please check the SBA website, www.sba.gov/svogrant, for more information. You can refer to this Eligibility Requirements Chart to help determine qualifications for the program.

Small Business Administration Program: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. The first payment is deferred for one year. The deadline to apply for this program has been extended to December 31, 2021. The SBA has also extended deferment periods for all disaster loans including EIDL until 2022. For more information and the application, please click here to go to the SBA’s website.

DCEO Office of Community Development Updates

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was established by the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (“HCD Act”). The program assists Illinois communities that do not receive a HUD direct entitlement allocation with meeting their greatest economic and community development needs. CDBG provides federal funding for community-based projects in non-metropolitan areas. The program consists of the following components.

  • Public Infrastructure – Local governments that need to improve public infrastructure and eliminate conditions detrimental to public health, safety, and public welfare may request a maximum of $550,000.00 to undertake projects designed to alleviate these conditions, with an emphasis on helping communities with substantial low to moderate-income populations. The current focus of this program is on water and sewer related projects.
  • Housing Rehabilitation Program – Low-to-moderate income communities can apply for grants to improve housing and rehabilitate and retrofit properties. A maximum of $550,000 in grant funds or $50,000 per household is available to improve the homes of low-to-moderate income residents of owner-occupied single-family housing units. Grants provide residents with safe and sanitary living conditions and help to stabilize neighborhoods and affordable housing in the community.
  • Economic Development – Local governments may request a maximum of $1,000,000.00 for gap financing to assist businesses locating or expanding in the community. Funds may be used for machinery and equipment, working capital, building construction and renovation, or improvements to public infrastructure that creates and/or retains jobs in the community.

The 2021 Guidebooks are now available on our website. The Application Deadline has been set for Tuesday, August 3rd for both the Housing Rehabilitation and Public Infrastructure programs Team RED Office hours DCEO’s Regional Economic Development Team is hosting weekly office hours on the days and times listed below. These sessions are designed as open times that the Team is available. The Team will provide you with the latest updates and answer any questions you may have on state or federal programs. Feel free to drop in for any assistance you need. If these times do not work for you, please reach out to your regional Team RED representative.

We’re always here to help. Mondays from 3pm – 4pm

Meeting link: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?MTID=me64c9d6620b31db8645644cf588f956b

Fridays from 10am – 11am

Meeting link: https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?MTID=m097b6d22cef426d023f9d5375ba167b4

DCEO Office of Minority Economic Empowerment

As we celebrate Pride month, join the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) as we present two webinars to learn how the State of Illinois is supporting LGBTQIA+ businesses and BIPOC Entrepreneurs through access to capital programs, capacity building, and minority business support.

Driving Equity – Part 1: Investing in BIPOC Entrepreneurs with Pride
June 23, at 10:00 a.m.

Driving Equity Part 2: Cultivating an Inclusive Ecosystem of Support for BIPOC Entrepreneurs with Pride
June 30, at 2:00 p.m.

Moderator: Jerome’ Holston Executive Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce Partners include:

Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Senator Mike Simmons
Representative Lamont J. Robinson
LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Following DCEO

If you have upcoming meetings or events and would like DCEO to participate, please reach out to me. One of our goals is to ensure information about our programs and activities is getting out to the communities and we’re happy to participate. We continue to schedule workshops and presentations for 2021, so please let us know if you are interested in partnering with us to provide program information to your organization and region.

I also encourage you to follow us on our social media channels for real time updates. Local CURE Support Program Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program: DCEO is continuing to work with our communities across the state to submit their reimbursable expenses related to COVID-19. It’s not too late to submit expenses.

The deadline to submit reimbursable costs has been extended to January 31, 2022. DCEO has posted information on our website here. The website also has some good Q&A documents that can help with determining if an expense is eligible for reimbursement. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

You can also reach out to our partner at [email protected] and we will get back to you. PC’s for People Partnership PCs for People and various community partners, Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers to those in need. For more information, click here. If you are interested in donating equipment to this program, PCs for People will accept any and all used computer equipment, redistributing what it can refurbish and recycling what it cannot refurbish.

PCs for People is NAID AAA and R2 certified, requiring the non-for-profit to practice the highest standards of information destruction, hard drive sanitization, and environmental computer device recycling along with a zero-landfill policy. If your entity is undertaking a pc refresh or you know of an entity that is looking to undertake one and would be interested in donating to this program, please let me know and we’ll help make the connection to PC’s for People. Public Museum Capital Grants Program Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which administers the program, is accepting applications from qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2021.

For detailed information on the application process, museum eligibility, matching fund requirements, and a copy of the application form, check the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/grants/Pages/Museum-Capital-Grants.aspx

This press release was produced by the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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