The City of Macomb announces 58 awards totaling $450,000 through three State of Illinois grant programs for small businesses. The City of Macomb has launched the Outdoor Seating Grant Program (OSGP) and Small Business Micro Grant Program (SBMGP) supported by the CURE Economic Support (ES) grant program administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarding $400,000 to support non-essential small businesses. Additionally, three small businesses were awarded all together $50,000 through the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant Program through DCEO.
The City collaborated with the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDCO) on the design and implementation of the Small Business Micro Grant Program and Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant Program and with grant writing help from the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC).
“Our goal has been to do what we can to support the small businesses most affected by the pandemic, and these programs serve our local businesses. No one program is ever enough, but the City is happy to be able to help with these resources to bolster our community in the midst of the effects of the pandemic” stated John Bannon, Community Development Coordinator.