We recognize that COVID-19 has put a difficult burden on our business community. The pandemic and recession have created unprecedented challenges, but community members and businesses in predominantly minority neighborhoods have experienced a dramatically more significant burden. To offer support to our small business neighbors on the West Side, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, with generous support from United Airlines, will launch a Small Business Grant Recovery Program, "Support West". This program will provide $5,000 grants to minority-owned small business in neighborhoods on the West Side who have been severely impacted by COVID-19.
Our goal is to shore up the economic corridors of West Side communities through financial resources and marketing support providing long-term recovery assistance to these neighborhoods.
The application window closes on Feb 28th. The grantees will be selected and notified by March 15th, with disbursement by the end of March.
We're thrilled to share that Allies for Community Business will provide coaching to ALL applicants of Support West who want to start or grow his or her business. They are a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution based in Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side.
To be eligible for a grant, businesses must meet the following requirements: