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The 2023 Source Grant, NACo 2023 Achievement Award

and Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for The 2023 Source Grant, which provides $40 million in grants to small businesses to help stabilize operations, foster recovery and resiliency, and advance equity in a post-pandemic economy.

All businesses located in Cook County with fewer than 20 full-time employees that were in business prior to 2020 are eligible to apply. This opportunity is available for businesses in all sectors.

The program will prioritize businesses:

  • Located in suburban Cook County
  • In sectors hardest hit by COVID-19, including:

-Arts & Entertainment; 

-Childcare & Social Assistance; 

-Hospitality, Food & Tourism; 

-Retail Trade; 

-Transportation & Warehousing

  • Owned by veterans

Applicants for The 2023 Source Grant are required to provide the following five documents:

  • One form of Valid Photo ID
  • 2019 Federal Tax Return
  • 2022 Federal Tax Return
  • W-9 Form
  • Proof of Good Standing with the State of Illinois (Sole Proprietors operating under SSN need not provide)

For additional information including informational webinars, a schedule of upcoming application help sessions, FAQs and more visit The 2023 Source Grant webpage.

Read more in the Press Release.

Applications will be accepted through August 18, 2023. 

Click here to apply
Haga clic aquí para aplicar

Watch The 2023 Source Grant informational video below to learn more.

Haga click aquí para ver el video en español

The 2023 Source Grant Application Assistance Events

The Source in the News

The Cook County Small Business Source recently received the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2023 Achievement Award!

The Source’s assistance to more than 10,000 small businesses has led to its recognition as a national model. We look forward to continuing our work to support, grow and elevate small businesses by connecting small business owners with expert guidance and support to take their businesses to the next level.

Business Advising

The Cook County Small Business Source provides no-cost one-on-one coaching, group webinars and events and online resources to help small businesses thrive and grow.


Sign up for Business Advising and connect with one of our advisors from the region’s leading business services organizations!

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