05282019CM0356EAST ST. LOUIS – As businesses continue to suffer from the ongoing pandemic, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) is pleased more than a million dollars has been collectively awarded to 28 local businesses during the second round of the Business Interruption Grant program. 

“Small businesses help bolster our local economies, and during this time, they need more assistance than ever,” Belt said. “Local businesses were some of the hardest hit groups financially, and I am thankful they will receive the help and relief they deserve.” 

Twenty-eight local businesses have received a combined $1.44 million. Each business received between $5,000 and $150,000 to be used to help cover the costs of payroll, rent, utilities and other working capital during the time they have experienced interruptions due to the pandemic. 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the grants this week, as part of the second round of BIG Grants. However, applications will remain open until all of the funding is spent. 

The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications are available on the DCEO’s website.

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