There are a variety of grants and assistance programs being made available for businesses that are being impacted by COVID-19. You can find some of them below, as well as links to other helpful resources.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster
- ComEd Small Business Assistance Program - The Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers with a one-time grant up to $2,000 towards a past due balance. Grant would be applied to a business’ bill in 2021 if they meet all qualifications. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 877-426-6331. More information here. Applications open December 16.
- Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program - A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring. More information here.
- Business Interruption Grants Program - The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. More information here.
- Paycheck Protection Program - A Small Business Association loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during COVID-19. Learn more here.
- Illinois Department of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Businesses
- Illinois Department of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Workers
- Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance
- Front-Line Staff Information for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- SBA to Provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions
- U.S. Small Business Administration DISASTER BUSINESS LOAN APPLICATION
EPA Recommendations for Businesses Reopening
The Village of Romeoville Water Department understands that this is a stressful time for our community and for the customers that we serve. Please know that we continue to take all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.
As many businesses will be reopening in the next phase, it is important to know that building and business closures reduce water usage, potentially leading to stagnant water inside building plumbing. This water can become unsafe to drink or otherwise use for personal or commercial purposes. It is recommended that building owners, building managers, and businesses take proactive steps to protect public health by minimizing water stagnation during closures and taking action such as flushing the building’s plumbing to address building water quality prior to reopening.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has provided documents below with guidance for building owners to address potential water quality issues prior to “re-opening” buildings to normal occupancy and water usage. The IDPH guidance documents provide a comprehensive approach related to recommended flushing procedures contaminant mitigation procedures, and water quality monitoring.
- General Building Guidance for Reopening
- Checklist for Restoring Water Quality in Buildings for Reopening
Additional guidance from USEPA can be found here.
If you have any questions on our water operations, please call the Department of Public Works at 815-886-1870.