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-Melvin Thompson,
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Chicago Business Grants

Chicago Biz Strong and Outdoor Dining Grants Program

The Chi Biz Strong and Outdoor Dining Grant targets Chicago’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations that continue to face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Chi Biz Strong Grant Program will provide grants of up to $10,000, based on annual revenue, to small business and nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

To help bars and restaurants, the City of Chicago is also launching a $2M Outdoor Dining Grant Program targeted towards Chicago’s restaurants and bars that continue to face significant challenges due to COVID and need assistance with the purchase of outdoor furniture, pandemic related signage and personal protective equipment. This program will provide grants of $5,000 to eligible businesses.


Priority industries include:

  • Eligible organizations must have under $3M in revenue

  • organizations that have not received prior government pandemic relief will be prioritized

  • Applicants will be selected by criteria and lottery, how soon you submit your application will have no impact on your likelihood to receive an award, as long as it is submitted prior to the deadline.


Information on eligibility and documents required documents to apply can be found here.

Application deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021, 11:59 pm



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