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  • Chicago Hospitality Grant Program Opens For Applications

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    The City of Chicago has begun accepting application for the $10 million Chicago Hospitality Grant Program. Announced by Mayor Lightfoot last week as part of an emergency hospitality relief package, this program will provide grants of $10,000 each to Chicago bars and restaurants that have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The application will remain open until 11:59 pm central time on Monday, November 23rd and citywide recipients will be selected via lottery, with a portion reserved for businesses in low- and moderate-income Community Areas. To be eligible, bars or restaurants must be located in Chicago, have no more than $3 million in annual revenues and have experienced at least a 25% revenue loss due to COVID-19. For the full list of eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions and to apply, visit chicago.gov/hospitalityfund.

    To help applicants navigate the program, the City will be hosting informational webinars later this week:

    Thursday, November 12, 2:30 pm (English)
    Friday, November 12, 10:00 am (English)
    Friday, November 13, 2:30 pm (Spanish)

    Learn more about these webinars and register at chicago.gov/businesseducation. Applicants can also submit their questions about the program in English and Spanish. As a reminder, grants will be distributed via a lottery. As long as you get your application in before the deadline of 11:59 pm on Monday, November 23rd, the date and time that you apply for the grant does not factor into your eligibility.