BOLINGBROOK, Ill. –  In an effort to continue her support for small businesses, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is highlighting the open application portal for Back to Business grants, giving $250 million back to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

“All small businesses, especially bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Avelar. “The damage and revenue loss done to these businesses cannot be understated and these Back to Business grants will give businesses the financial resources needed to get back on their feet.”

The Back to Business (B2B) grants are a follow-up to the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) distributed last year throughout the state. The Back to Business grants will disperse $250 million in funding to businesses in disproportionately affected areas, restaurants, bars, hotels, the arts and entertainment industry, as well as businesses that did not receive funding through BIG. Grants will range from $5,000-$10,000 and up to $250,000 for hotels. To review eligibility requirements or to apply, interested businesses can visit

“This funding is crucial for businesses to continue to stay open and pay their employees,” continued Avelar. “I encourage businesses to apply for these grants and reach out to my office with any questions or if I can be helpful in any way.”

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

(D-Crest Hill)
85th District

Springfield Office:
265-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4179

District Office:
107 W. Boughton Road
Suite B
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(815) 372-0085