GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is encouraging local small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 to apply for the Lake County Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Grant Program.


“Small business owners in Lake County and throughout the state experienced unforeseen financial difficulties that will be difficult to bounce back from without help,” Bush said. “While reopening has been beneficial to many businesses, they are still constantly facing financial obligations to keep their stores clean and their employees protected.”


Lake County created the grant program in an effort to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Starting Tuesday, July 7 at 8 a.m., county businesses can apply online for up to $30,000. The funds can be used to cover up to four months of occupancy – which includes rent, mortgage and utilities – and expenses incurred due to the pandemic – including, but not limited to, plexiglass, masks, sanitation and employee training.


The grant program will be administered by Lake County Partners with the final approval and fund dispersal performed by Lake County. Preference will be given to businesses that have not yet received federal assistance. Lake County Partners is a private, non-profit organization that focuses on economic development in Lake County.


“From rent assistance to training employees on how best keep themselves and their community safe, the grants will provide financial relief businesses so desperately need,” Bush said. “I encourage any small business in Lake County that has dealt with financial challenges to apply immediately.”


Local small businesses can apply starting Tuesday at lakecountyil.gov/4444/Lake-County-Forward. Applications will be open until July 20 at 11:59 p.m.

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