Grant program awards pandemic recovery funds to businesses

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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.

Kelsey Landis is an Illinois state affairs and political reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat. She joined the newsroom in January 2020 after her first stint at the newspaper from 2016 to 2018. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2010 and received a master’s degree from DePaul University in 2014. Landis previously worked at The Alton Telegraph. At BND, she is dedicated to informing you of what your legislators in Springfield and Washington, DC are doing, and she strives to hold them accountable. Landis has won awards from the Illinois Press Association for his work, including the Freedom of Information Award.

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