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Batavia Reconnected Grants for Select Batavia Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations Open for a Third Round of Funding

A grant program for Batavia businesses originally announced in June is open for the third round of funding. Batavia not-for-profits who accommodate the public in person are included in this round, which is capped at $1,000 per organization. 

It is required that businesses and not-for-profits be located within the City of Batavia. They must employ fewer than 10 full-time employees and accommodate the public in-person. The grants of up to $1,000 will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. This round of grants will cap at $20,000, so when approved and completed applications received to reach this threshold, applications will close, and approved applicants will be notified. No applications will be accepted at after Thursday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Additionally, no businesses who previously received a COVID-19 grant from Batavia Reconnected can re-apply.

 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 and disposable gloves
  • Signage (specific to announcements due to COVID)
  • Table and chair purchase or rental

More details, qualifying expenses and the application are available via this Google Drive link. 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

When Illinois moved to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, many local small businesses that were previously shut down could reopen. It was then that 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.