Business Assistance Programs

Illinois Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Grant

The Illinois Restaurant Association has recently opened the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, a program of the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF). The fund provides one-time grants of $500 to support restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship due to COVID-19. Grants will help cover basic living expenses such as rent, food and utilities. This fund allows IRAEF to give back to the employees at the heart of the restaurant community. Employees may apply here.

 Small Business Customer Assistance Program

As of December 16, 2020, ComEd is accepting applications for small business assistance that would provide one-time grants of up to $2,000 to cover past-due ComEd balances. Grants would be applied to a business’ bill in 2021, if it meets all qualifications. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-426-6331

 More information can be found here:  https://www.comed.com/MyAccount/CustomerSupport/Pages/SmallBusinessAssistanceProgram.aspx 

3rd Round of Grant Funding in DuPage County's Restaurant Relief Program

On November 17, 2020, the DuPage County Board conducted a meeting to consider a resolution to provide an additional $2.5 million in CARES Act funding to the Small Business Relief Fund for assistance to restaurants and bars, for $15,000 maximum grants. 

Interested businesses should follow Choose DuPage on Facebook for the latest updates on the grant program. Additional grant funding will likely be allocated to eligible businesses on a FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED basis. Businesses should be prepared to submit their application immediately after the Choose DuPage grant portal reopens. 

Additional detailed information on the specific grant application requirements can be found on the Choose DuPage website at the following link:   https://www.choosedupage.com/reinvest-dupage/

COVID-19 Bill Assistance Program for Small Businesses

On November 11, 2020, ComEd announced a new bill-assistance program to help eligible small businesses facing financial difficulties. Small-business customers that are past due on their energy bills can be provided a one-time grant equal to 30 percent of their total ComEd balance (up to $1,000), for a limited time. Customers whose electric service has not been disconnected can then set up their remaining balance due on a payment plan of up to six months.

Small-business customers can visit ComEd.com/SmallBizAssistance or call 1-877-4-COMED-1 (1-877-426-6331) to learn more or apply for the Small Business Assistance Program.

DuPage County Business Response Team

The DuPage County Business Response Team is designed to assist businesses with protecting employees and clients, ensuring proper cleaning and disinfection procedures, and providing current best practices on safe operations. To contact the Business Response Team, email: COVID19business@dupagehealth.org, or web:  www.dupagehealth.org/597/Businesses-and-Employers

SBA Loans

Under the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, low-interest loans of up to $2 million may be obtained by qualified applicants from small businesses and private non-profits affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Information on US SBA loans for disaster recovery from the Civil Unrest earlier this year (May 26, through July 30, 2020) is available here: Economic Injury Disaster Loans (PDF); 10/15/20 SBA News Release (PDF).

For more information, please visit the DCEO web site. The site also includes information on future webinars to explain the loan process.  If you need immediate assistance, please visit the U.S. Small Business Administration or contact them by e-mail.  SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Information

COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Businesses

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has created a resource document, which provides information regarding assistance opportunities for small, midsize and large businesses. View COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Businesses

Reinvest DuPage Grant

In partnership with Choose DuPage, DuPage County launched Reinvest DuPage on May 12, 2020. Reinvest DuPage is a grant relief program for small businesses and independent contractors impacted by COVID-19. The program provides grants up to $15,000 for DuPage County-based businesses with fewer than 15 full-time employees and less than $1.5 million in annual revenues. Due to overwhelming response, the program was closed shortly after its launch date; however, the County reopened applications on June 12, 2020, in an effort to provide support to the community during this difficult time. Additional information can be found at the following link:  Grant Application Details

DCEO Business Interruption Grant

Beginning September 17, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will be accepting applications for an additional $200 million of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) it intends to provide to specific classifications of businesses that have experienced losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures.

Additional information on the BIG program, including details regarding a series of webinars DCEO will be hosting on this program, can be found at the following link: DCEO BIG Grants

COVID-19 Signage Toolkit For Businesses

As Illinois communities begin to reopen, the DuPage County Health Department has developed a signage toolkit to support businesses as they promote safe practices.

Businesses are encouraged to download the artwork and print flyers, posters, window clings, and floor decals to meet their needs. Information can be found here: Toolkit

City Water and Sewer Service

UPDATE: During the months of March, April, May, June, August, and September 2020, the City suspended late fees and service turn-offs. Beginning with the October 2020 bills (due in November), late fees and service turn-offs will resume pursuant to City Code. 

Warrenville businesses may be facing financial challenges due to COVID-19 related closures or reduction of operations. Contact the Finance Department at 630-393-5753 to discuss payment plan options.