Morton Updates:
The Morton Chamber of Commerce and Morton Pumpkin Festival Advisory Committee will be announcing the decision of how to hold this year's Festival on July 7th. Read the full statement here.

A Perfect Promotion has a supplier for disposable medical face masks. If you would like to order marks for your business, contact Clayton.

On 4/29, we will be co-hosting an info session with Float Learning about SparkLearn Go - a mobile content delivery platform available for reaching your employees in new ways. Register here.
Reminders: All previous bulletins and other resources listed at www.gpcovid.com . Resource requests from our community institutions listed at the end of this bulletin. Send any questions to bizinfo@greaterpeoriaedc.org .

Reminder: LISC Small Business Relief Fund Deadline in April 28
The second round of applications for LISC’s Small Business Grant program are being accepted through April 29 at 11:59 pm. The program will award $5000, $7500 or $10,000 to for-profit businesses. More information and application here .

Paycheck Protection Program Guidance
On Sunday, April 26 the Treasury Department issued a new FAQ document regarding the Paycheck Protection Program which opened to taking applications this morning at 9:30 am local time. You can read the FAQ here . According to some reports , there have been some technical glitches today as banks raced to upload pooled applications that were not accepted in the first round and had been completed between that round and today. Still, Treasury reports that it processed over 100,000 loans from 4,000 lenders today. The Consumer Bankers Association is predicting that the second round window ($310 billion) might run out of funds and close before the end of the week.

Kim Group’s Share the Love Program
The Kim Group, in concert with March 2 Ventures, CORE Construction, Montefusco HVAC, JustKidz Dentistry and other anonymous donors, has created the "Share the LOVE" Program to offer some of its client's products and services to frontline workers, small business owners, and single parents for free. Interested individuals need to apply and select which products they need. Application form here or you can learn more here .

ShelfLove in the News
Pekin native Anna Palmer’s ShelfLove on-line retail site for independent businesses was recently featured on WMBD television.

FEMA Advisories on Personal Protective Equipment
FEMA has issued some guidelines and advice regarding the use and management of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in non-medical environments. Read the advisories here and here .

Illinois Humanities Grants for Humanities-Oriented Organizations
Illinois Humanities is accepting applications through Friday, May 15 for general operations grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations with annual budgets less than $1.5 million whose work consists largely of “public humanities.” By this term they are referring to cultural organizations, museums, historical societies, etc. More information and application forms here . An organization is eligible to receive a grant of $2,500, $5,000, or $7,500, depending upon the size of its annual budget. A proportional pool of money is available for organizations outside of the Chicago area.

Philanthropy Roundtable Resource Page
The Philanthropy Roundtable created a resource page that provides information about private foundations that are making funds available for various aspects of the COVID-19 response. Click here for more information.

RESOURCE REQUESTS
  • Community Foundation of Central Illinois: Requesting monetary donations for the Central Illinois Disaster Recovery Fund. Information https://communityfoundationci.org/Morton Chamber & EDC addition: The Morton Community Foundation has also announced a Morton Area Disaster Relief Fund for organizations serving those affected by COVID-19. Donate here.
  • UnityPoint Health: UnityPoint is seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies. They are also in search of medical personnel to help them prepare in the event that there is an influx of sick patients. Information here.  
  • OSF Healthcare: OSF seeking personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other supplies. Information here.
  • Peoria Innovation Alliance: PIA is gathering the maker community to discuss ways individuals and small companies can make supplies like masks. Information here.
  • Heartland Health Services: Seeking personal protective equipment, medical supplies, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes unopened. More information here
  • UICOMP Accepting Handmade Masks – The University of Illinois College of Medicine is accepting donations of handmade masks. Details can be found here.
  • IWIRC: Seeking standard PPE such as N-95/surgical/home-made masks, face shields, gowns, and latex-free gloves. Donated supplies can be dropped off at their downtown Peoria clinic location at 736 SW Washington St. Information here
  • Morton Chamber & EDC addition: Community Harvest and Midwest Food Bank are soliciting monetary donations to help support the influx of requests for food.Visit their sites for more info.


Chris Setti
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council