LEE COUNTY — Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, April 20th and remain open while funding lasts. A Grant Committee will review applications and award grants based on the availability of funding and evaluation of the eligibility criteria and required submissions set out below. Please complete the entire application.
The purpose of the (CDLSBG) is to help small businesses deemed “non-essential” pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” executive order that are located within Dixon and Lee County to remain viable during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dixon City Council has partnered with Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street and the Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) to fund this grant. This team believes small, “non-essential” businesses are, in fact, an essential part of our business and culture community and realizes the significant financial impact COVID-19 has had on them. Simply put, they are our most vulnerable businesses and in need of financial assistance.
This grant is intended to pay for qualifying expenses not covered by the federal government’s “Paycheck Protection Program” or other sources of State or Federal COVID-19 relief funding. The maximum award a business can received is $5,000 for one-month of qualifying expenses. The Dixon City Council and LCIDA may extend this grant program by one (1) month if the economic circumstances surrounding COVID-19 deem it necessary.
Non-essential businesses: Business determined “non-essential” by Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” executive order.
Small business: Generally, a small business is defined as a business who employs less than 12 full-time employees or the equivalent weekly hours of 12 full-time employees.
Brick and Mortar: A physical business address that is a separate location than the primary residence of the business owner.
To be eligible for the (CDSBG) program, a business (profit or non-profit) must meet the following criteria:
The Grant Review Committee will consist of two (2) City Council members, the Dixon City Manager, Dixon Assistant City Manager, the Dixon Finance Director, two (2) Board Members of the Lee County Industrial Development Association and the Executive Director of Dixon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street. Grant applications must meet the “eligibility” requirements and receive a majority “yes” vote from the committee. Grants will be awarded on a first-come basis until the total grant fund allocation is gone.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE:
For businesses in Dixon, please contact Jeremy Englund of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce & Main Street; firstname.lastname@example.org or Danny Langloss of the City of Dixon; email@example.com.
For businesses in Lee County, please contact Kevin Marx of LCIDA; firstname.lastname@example.org.