DECATUR, Ill. – State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for relief funding through the second installment of the BIG (Business Interruption Grant) program.
“The mitigation efforts put in place to help ward off the pandemic and keep Illinoisans safe, while scientifically proven to be effective, have had a less than pleasant effect on our economy and our local businesses,” said Scherer. “This next round of BIG funding will provide much needed financial support to these businesses, their owners and employees.”
Scherer is encouraging local businesses to apply for relief through the BIG 2 Grant. Funding can be used to help businesses cover expenses like payroll, rent, utilities and other operational costs. BIG funding is available to any business with $20 million or less in revenue with priority to downstate businesses with less than $5 million dollars in revenue. Grants do not have to be repaid and are first come first serve providing assistance to local businesses such as restaurants, tourism, indoor recreation and hospitality. Eligible zip codes include 62522 and 62526 in Decatur and 62702 and 62703 in Springfield.
To apply for funds through the state’s BIG program, visit Illinois.gov/dceo and click on the BIG Help Desk or contact Rep. Scherer’s full time constituent service office at (217)877-9636.
“BIG grants are available now and I encourage business owners to apply as soon as possible.” said Scherer. “Behind our local businesses are members of the community who deserve to be able to continue to work toward their goals and still provide for their families even as we continue to fight this unprecedented health crisis.”