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Batavia Reconnected Offers Grants to Select Batavia Small Businesses

When Illinois moved to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, many local small businesses that were previously shut down could reopen. However, to comply, the required safety guidelines meant extra expenses. A new grant program for Batavia businesses aims to help them.

The City of Batavia, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, and Batavia MainStreet combined forces to create the initiative Batavia Reconnected. It was created to keep residents informed and increase public confidence that Batavia businesses are taking measures to keep their facilities safe. Batavia Reconnected is pleased to provide a grant of $80,000 to be allocated to the local business community to ease their financial burden.

Eligible businesses must be in the City of Batavia, employ less than 10 full-time individuals, and accommodate customers in-person. The maximum grant is $1,500 per business and is limited to retail, restaurants, salons, fitness, and dance studios. Requirements, instructions, applications, and other supporting materials are available via a Google Drive Folder. All applications should be submitted to covidgrants@cityofbatavia.net by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Fifty qualifying businesses will be selected by lottery on Wednesday, June 17.

Grant monies are to be spent on improvements and safety precautions due to the pandemic, which could include:

  • Sanitizer
  • Touchless door handles and foot handles
  • COVID sneeze screens
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks
  • Signage (specific to announcements due to COVID)
  • Table and chair purchase or rental

For more information or questions about the grants, contact one of these organizations:

Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Perreault, president and CEO: (630) 879-7134

Batavia MainStreet, Sherri Wilcox Dauskurdus, executive director: (630) 761-3528

City of Batavia, Laura Newman, city administrator: (630) 454-2000