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August 1st, 2020 : Lowe's Commits $55M to LISC for Small Businesses Grants - Open Bid for COD Janitorial Supplies - Mayor Announces Second Round of Housing Assistance - County Gives $5M to Anti-Violence Group...
Submission Deadline August 3rd, 2020
Lowe's $55M Commitment to LISC
Enables Small Businesses Grants

Small businesses are the economic backbone of our communities. The financial pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many to the brink of closing their doors and lay off workers. Thanks to a
$55M commitment grant from Lowe’s, LISC can provide emergency grant assistance these small businesses desperately need to stay afloat.

The individual $20,000 grants will allow them to meet immediate needs:
Eligible expenses include:
  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Upgrading technology infrastructure
  • Other immediate operational costs

The overall grant is split as follows:
  • $30 million earmarked to focus on small businesses owned or led by minorities and women, who often lack access to affordable capital.
  • $25 million to support enterprises in rural communities, which typically face even more hurdles than their urban counterparts due to limited access to bank credit, capital, and other support services.

Before applying, click HERE to review grant info' FAQS

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College of DuPage Open
Bid for Janitorial Supplies

The College of DuPage is accepting sealed bids for Janitorial Supplies.

Bids are due to College of DuPage Procurement Services no later than
11AM - Monday, August 17th at which time bids will publicly be opened. Bid documents can be downloaded from the COD Procurement Website at
and submitted to College of DuPage - IRC Building, Room 1001,
425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn IL 60137

T he College of DuPage is committed to the economic development of disadvantaged business enterprises; qualified Minority, Women, and Persons
with Disabilities Owned Businesses are highly encouraged to participate
Submission Deadline Monday, August 10th
Mayor Lightfoot Announces Round
Two of $33M Housing Assistance Grant

The City of Chicago announced the second round of a $33M housing assistance grant for renters and property owners - especially those facing eviction - people living in hotels, motels, or doubled-up with relatives and friends. Residents can apply online through the Chicago Housing Assistance Portal, or in person at one of  six community centers . The deadline to apply is 11:50 PM, Monday, August 10th.

If online, the first step is to fill out a simple, one page survey form
Once the survey is completed, applicants will be routed to one of four
programs that best fit their need:
  • DFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
  • DOH COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program
  • DOH Mortgage Assistance Program; or the
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority Statewide Housing Assistance.
Anti-Violence Group Gets $5M from
Cook County Board of Commissioners

At an anti-violence rally in the Austin Community in late July, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced a $5M grant to Communities Partnering for Peace (CPP) from the County.  A coalition of organizations, CPP is dealing with gun violence in roughly two dozen of Chicago's most affected community areas, including Austin, West Garfield Park, and North Lawndale.

Vaughn Bryant, Executive Director of Communities Partnering for Peace, said the funding allows the organization to expand its services to more communities, and deploy more resources to areas where it already has a presence. Learn more about Communities Partnering for Peace
George Floyd's Brother Visits
Austin to Help Launch $5M Initiative
Austin Peoples Action Center held anti-violence rally July 24,
where County President Preckwinkle announced county's $5M violence prevention effort. - Michael Romain - Austin Weekly News, 7/26/2020

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