More than $6.2 million was recently awarded to Southern Illinois businesses through the latest round of COVID-19 recovery grants.
The Back to Business program has set aside $250 million in federal relief funds for businesses hit hard by the pandemic. So far, the program has awarded $120 million to 3,202 small businesses, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
In the most recent round, grants between $5,000 and $250,000 were awarded to more than 175 companies in 26 southern Illinois counties. Businesses can use the money for a variety of expenses, from rent, to payroll, to inventory, and more.
Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton received the largest grant of $250,000. In St. Clair County, 20 businesses received a total of more than $1 million, including Good Heavens BBQ in East St. Louis, which received $10,000. The grants also supported hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts such as the Beall Mansion in Alton, which received $15,000.
Here is a table of Southern Illinois companies that received grants in the last round.