The village of Romeoville is again offering grants for local businesses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and as the region again faces additional restrictions because of increased spread of the virus.
The grants aim to provide assistance to local restaurants that have experienced business interruptions from the restrictions, according to a news release. State officials announced the additional restrictions this week, which included a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants in Will County.
The restrictions went into effect Friday.
Grants will be given to qualifying businesses in the amounts of $5,000 and $7,500.
“As the pandemic and mandated service restrictions continue, our restaurants are still in need of assistance,” Mayor John Noak said in the release. “It is imperative that we do what we can as a village and as a community to ensure that these establishments survive. The pandemic will end, and when it does, we want our restaurants to be here.”
To qualify for a $5,000 grant, a business must
• Be a Romeoville restaurant or bar
• Have been impacted by COVID-19 closures between Aug. 26 and Sept. 18
• Have a current, valid village business license
• Be current on local taxes
• Be franchisee-owned if a national chain
• Have less than $1.5 million in sales for the 2019 tax year
• Certify they’re not being reimbursed directly or indirectly by another local, state or federal program.
• Not be a solely video poker establishment
Preference will be given to establishments that don’t have a drive-thru and have a majority of sales via carryout, not through delivery.
Banquet facilities can also be eligible for grants of $7,500 if they meet similar requirements. In addition, they must also remain open through the end of 2020 and must be facilities for 50 or more people.
Applicants cannot qualify for both grants. There is $152,500 in funds available.
The village will accept applications between Monday and Nov. 20. Funds will be distributed by Dec. 11.
Visit romeoville.org to apply for a grant.