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Downtown Elgin Small Business Covid-19 Adaptation Grant Fund
This Downtown Elgin small business grant fund was created to help local small businesses make necessary changes to adapt to current challenges and a post Covid-19 realty. Experts stress the importance of well implemented technology tools and systems such as an interactive website, ecommerce platforms, and minimal contact customer service options for businesses to effectively operate during and post Covid-19. However, a recent nationwide small business survey reports up to 60% of small businesses do not currently have a website. Now, with stay at home orders in place and lost revenues due to Covid-19, it is even harder for businesses to make these necessary investments and upgrades to continue doing businesses effectively or re-open when non-essential businesses are allowed to do so. Help us eliminate this barrier! We are looking for additional donors to build this fund and make a big impact.
Our organization was fortunate to receive $3,175 in donations during the “Giving Tuesday Now” campaign held in early May 2020. Those funds were used to launch the Small Business Covid-19 Adaptation Grant Fund. Additional funding is currently being sourced from local businesses and personal donors. Individuals, businesses or philanthropic organizations interested in contributing to this fund who have additional questions, please email our donation team here. If you are ready to show your support now please donate here.
The goal for this fund is to award grants for technology upgrades and Covid-19 public and staff safety upgrades such as:
- Websites – new or upgraded
- Ecommerce platforms
- CRM platforms with integrated marketing, customer engagement and automation
- Software upgrades to enable pre-order and timed reservations
- Delivery service implementation
- Safety equipment and fixtures – acrylic counter guards, masks and shields for staff and signage
APPLICATION & DEADLINES
The application process and deadlines for this grant will be posted here soon.
The Downtown Elgin Small Business Covid-19 Adaptation Grant Fund will be open to Downtown Elgin businesses who meet specific criteria. Details are being finalized and will be posted here soon.
ABOUT THE DNA
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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin
31 S. Grove Avenue, Suite 100
Elgin, IL 60120