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State to Open Applications for Pandemic Relief Grants

Grants | August 6, 2021

The Business Navigator Alliance of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Effingham, and Moultrie Counties has been awarded a Community Navigator grant to assist businesses throughout the region in accessing resources that can help them bounce back from the pandemic-induced recession and thrive during our economic recovery.

The Business Navigator Alliance was formed to provide professional outreach and technical assistance in applying for state and federal economic relief programs for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The mission of the regional collaboration is to position businesses to be competitive in applying for resources. Led by Courtney Yockey with the Effingham Regional Growth Alliance, the new Business Navigator Alliance will have staff available to assist businesses and not-for-profits as they apply for grant funds to recover losses sustained in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Each partner within the Business Navigator Alliance has put resources in place to begin working with companies to access new funding available at the state and federal levels, said Yockey. New recovery programs are to open this month. “Our goal is to position our businesses for success by accelerating recovery and growth.”

The Business Navigator Alliance, which can be found at will host webinars, outreach events, virtual offices hours, and provide one-on-one technical assistance. The first webinar is scheduled Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 am and will focus on upcoming grant opportunities. Information will be provided regarding eligibility criteria, key priorities, and application requirements. Register for the August 12th webinar at

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