Business Resiliency Program

As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $5 billion to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for allocation to cities and states through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The State of Illinois has been allocated $70,753,404 of these CARES Act CDBG-Coronavirus funds (CDBG-CV funds). CDBG-CV funds must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The State of Illinois will offer three programs to meet this goal.

The Business Resiliency Program, overseen by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Community Development, was created to reimburse eligible businesses up to $20,000 for durable permanent or semi-permanent equipment purchased or rented to prevent, prepare for or respond to COVID-19.
To learn more about the Business Resiliency Program, see these resources:


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frequently asked questions

Not unless there is a participating business located in an unincorporated area of the County.

For example, Paris is a City in Edgar County.

  • If Paris is the Lead local government and Business A is located in Paris, no IGA is needed between Edgar County and Paris.
  • If Business A is located outside of Paris in an unincorporated area of Edgar County (think of a bar along the side of a two-lane highway), then an agreement between Paris and Edgar County is needed, as the Business is solely governed by the County.
  • If Business A is located within another incorporated area of Edgar County, such as Vermilion, then an agreement is needed between Paris and Vermilion but NOT Edgar County.

The person signing the IGA should have the authority to do so, but it is not necessary for us to see something from the local government giving them that authority.

Yes, both parties need to sign.


It has to list the businesses for both the application hearing and the closeout hearing. See Public Hearing Notice template.

You cannot add businesses once the newspaper notice is published.

Please see Section G(4) for instructions on how to complete the GATA budget.

The procurement process for activity delivery prior to application is governed by the standard processes of the local government. Any questions concerning this should go to their legal counsel.

Use the form in the Business Resiliency section of the website.



They should use the location where sales take place/customers visit, regardless of if that is the official registered address.

For the sake of expediency, a business can provide forms with a written signature that is then scanned to the Application Writer. It should be followed up with the document with original signature later for inclusion in the original application. Signature cannot be a digital or electronic signature.

The business must have the actual form.

In order for the project to be eligible for the Business Resiliency Grant, it must be considered “HUD Exempt/Categorically Excluded not subject to 58.5” when completing an Environmental Review. Keep in mind whether the project construction was temporary (eligible) or permanent (ineligible) in nature? The following are some examples:

  • Rented a tent and placed it on a closed street.  Tent pegs pounded through the asphalt. Eligible
  • Built a temporary pergola and bolted it to the asphalt street pavement. Eligible
  • Built an outdoor patio roof and bolted it to the existing concrete patio. Eligible
  • Built an outdoor patio pergola and placed 4×4 support posts into the ground. Not Eligible
  • Built an outdoor structure and used trench footings. Not Eligible
  • A business purchased and installed an air filtration system.  Is that eligible under the environmental exclusion? If the installation would require a building permit, then it will not be exempt.
  • Interior or Exterior work that might be considered construction. It must be a one-for-one replacement or an addition that would not require federal labor standards or construction management.

  • Developing a website for online purchases and delivery. Yes, this is fine.
  • Starting a delivery service, and purchasing vehicles. Yes, this is acceptable, however, we will need proof that they still have the vehicle(s), such as a copy of a current registration.  The reason for the proof is to ensure they did not later sell the vehicles and are asking for reimbursement for what they paid for them, and profiting on both ends.
  • Remodeling (the interior) of a hair salon to separate the stations further apart to meet spacing requirements. Yes, this is fine.
  • Having a third party do a one-time cleaning/sanitizing of the public areas of a business. As these expenses are basically cleaning/sanitizing which we specifically deem ineligible in the application, we will need to see proof of a mandate that this activity was necessary to reopen, and who issued it.  Was it the Health Department, City, etc. Otherwise, this would not be eligible.
  • The county can have their staff develop an application and do the administration and get reimbursed for their staff time. Only if they meet this requirement from the Guidebook: “All application writers and grant administrators must have administered an Illinois CDBG grant within the last 6 years.”
  • Purchase of a food truck or cart to be able to serve food outside of the building. This would only be eligible if it was the way for a restaurant that was open prior to COVID to stay in business, and if they have returned to normal operations in the restaurant now.  (They can still have/operate the food cart).


Yes, as the IL-941 form also confirms the business has employees.

The IL-941 forms do not have to be included in the application available for public viewing but must be included in their entirety when submitted to DCEO.

In the Business Resiliency of the DCEO/Community Development website, choose “Income Limits Documentation System”. Scroll down the page to find “Click here for FY2023 IL Documentation”. When the options occur, choose “Illinois” and the County the business is in. When the chart comes up, look at the bottom row “Low 80% Income Limits” and find the $ amount in the column for 1 person.

Next, look at the amount earned by the employee for the quarter on the IL-941. Multiply this number by 4 to find the annual earnings. If the calculated annual earnings is less than the Low 80% Income Limits, then the employee would be considered low-to-moderate income.

First, please write “part-time” next to the employee’s name on the IL-941 form. The calculations will be made the same as above except that the amount of earnings will be multiplied by 8 (4 to find annual earnings + 4 to double the earnings in a quarter to show what the employee would be making if they were full-time).