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Small Businesses Can Apply For Coronavirus Relief From City Starting Friday

The city will focus on giving grants to businesses on the South and West sides during this round of funding.

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CHICAGO — Small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and recent looting can apply for relief from the city starting Friday night.

The city will open applications for its second round of grants through the Together Now Fund at 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Mayor’s Office. Applications can be filed online and the deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31.

The fund started in June to help local businesses that have seen losses due to coronavirus and recent vandalism and looting. Owners who apply and are picked for a grant can receive $4,000.

Business owners must have 100 or fewer employees and must have experienced economic loss due to the pandemic to be eligible.

The city will focus on giving grants to businesses on the South and West sides during this round of funding, as those communities had a disproportionately low number of eligible applicants apply during the first round, according to the Mayor’s Office.

More than 1,500 businesses received about $6.2 million from the first round of grants through the fun. Recipients were selected through a lottery process. Those who received a grant are not eligible for another one through the fund.

There will be webinars to help business owners apply to the grant at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Tuesday.

More information about the fund is available online.

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