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Feb/March,2021 – CCLF’s Alerts

Chicago Community Loan Fund continues to support organizations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. CCLF’s Chicagoland COVID-19 Community Development Resource Guide has been updated with NEW, detailed information on available funding, programs and resources.

Click here to review the UPDATED CCLF Chicagoland COVID-19
Community Development Resource Guide.


New Grants and Upcoming Deadlines to be aware of: 

  • Payroll Protection Program: From February 24 – March 10, the SBA will only accept applications from businesses/organizations with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors – this is designed to have the SBA only focus on the smallest organizations for two weeks.
  • Payroll Protection Program Second Draw has a deadline of March 31.
  • Payroll Protection Program Technical Assistance: Citi (Bank) has launched a series of seven (7) webinars to help businesses/organizations understand the program/processes and how to qualify for forgiveness. The first webinar is February, 25 at 2 p.m. Central Time. Please click here to register.
  • Back2Business Grant from Finserve. They have partnered with Association of Enterprise Opportunity for a $10,000 grant. The application is due February 26.
  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Small Business Growth and Recovery Grant, for up to $20,000. Application is now open and closes on March 19.
  • Comcast RISE Application due by May 7 for $5,000.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant Program: SVO was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. See the link in this guide to be alerted to when the SBA will start accepting grant applications.
  • Cook County has launched a new initiative, Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD).

MARCH 3, 2021 – 2021 Knight Media Forum with President, Michelle Morales

Save the date for the first virtual Knight Media Forum! Woods Fund Chicago President, Michelle Morales will be speaking on March 3, 2021 at 3:40EST alongside other leaders in philanthropy, journalism and technology that are working to strengthen local news, communities and democracy.

Learn more and register here.