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DuPage County received approximately $15,000,000 in federal funds made available through the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Those funds have been approved for use in the Reinvest DuPage Grant Program beginning Monday, June 28, 2021. The grant program will be administered by the nonprofit economic development group, Choose DuPage.
The grant program is available to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and certain independent contractors. The grant awards can be up to $50,000 for small businesses and non-profits, and $15,000 for certain independent contractors. The disbursement of the grant funds will be based upon eligible expenses such as operating costs consisting of payroll, rents, and utilities as well as a determination of revenue decline due to COVID-19. Key eligibility components are as follows:
In applying for the grant funds certain documentation will need to be provided such as:
You will need to complete an application online at www.choosedupage.com. The application will request a description of how your business was impacted by COVID-19 as well as information such as number of employees, NAICS/industry codes, and other business demographics. During the online application process, you will be required to disclose other COVID-19 funding received. As your application moves throughout the process, the documentation noted in the previous section will be requested.
It is recommended that any questions you have for the agency during the application process be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone inquiries may not be responded to.
The grant program will accept completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available. Once it is determined that there are more applications than funding, the agency will stop accepting new applications.
Cray Kaiser is available to guide you through the grant application process. Please reach out to us for additional assistance.