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APPLY NOW: New B2B Grant Application Open

Back to Business (B2B) Grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants

APPLY HERE – Applications open April 5 – May 10, 2023

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries.  Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements, submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

The program design for B2B Restaurants, B2B Hotels, and B2B Arts, respectively, are based on legislation which established the Restaurant Employment and Stabilization Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1100), Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program (20 ILCS 605/605-1095), and the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant program (30 ILCS 709/40).

Applications will be open between April 5 and May 10, 2023.

Eligibility & Program Information

A brief summary of program information can be found here:

Funding Available $50 million $75 million $50 million
Award Range $5,000-$50,000 Up to $1,500 per room $5,000-$250,000
Impact of Receiving Prior Award Ineligible if business received any prior relief funding from B2B, BIG, RRF, EHG, or more than 10K in local funding

Businesses who did not receive that relief but did receive PPP or EIDL are eligible

Amount of state or local grants received deducted from overall award amount Grant based only on 2021 losses for businesses that received prior state relief funding (BIG or B2B)
Spending Guidelines Flexible spending to support losses 80% for payroll related costs; 20% flexible spending Flexible spending to support losses
Examples of Eligible Businesses (detailed eligibility requirements can be found in the documents below)
  • Restaurants
  • Taverns
  • Bars
  • Caterers
  • Breweries
  • Wineries
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Inns
  • Lodging sites
  • Performing and presenting arts
  • Theaters
  • Museums
  • Cultural heritage organizations
  • Arts education