Grant provides relief to 40 local businesses

Grant provides relief to 40 local businesses

Forty small businesses located within the City of Jacksonville are receiving up to $10,000 in pandemic relief grants this week, thanks to a grant program offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Funded through the Local CURE Economic Support Payments Grant Program, the City is providing support to qualified, brick-and-mortar businesses located within the city that have experienced interruption of business attributable to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“This grant is coming through at a very critical time for our small businesses,” said Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard. “I am personally delivering more than $380,000 in grants to 40 Jacksonville businesses this week. This assistance is significant, especially as the majority of these businesses are still being negatively impacted by mitigation efforts.”

Eligible businesses included Jacksonville restaurants, bars, indoor recreation or event-related businesses that demonstrated at least a 25 percent decrease in revenue from March 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020, due to the pandemic or mitigation efforts.

Photos/Marcy Patterson

Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Joanne Chumley, All Occasions Flowers and Gifts.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Kelly Birdsell, The Handle Bar.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check through the drive through at Taco Gringo.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Kelly at KJBs Pint Haus.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Open House Print Shop.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents checks to Tommy Schierl at Mulligan’s.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Sherry Blair at World Travel.
Mayor Andy Ezard presents a check to Tracie Brust at A Touch of Class Salon.
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