Illinois State Treasurer’s Office announces new relief program for small businesses

In an effort to help small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Treasurer’s Office has announced the creation of the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program.

Under this program, the State Treasurer would make deposits of up to $250 million to approved financial institutions throughout the state to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

State funds would be deposited with qualified financial institutions for a 1-year term at a near-zero deposit rate of 0.01 percent. These deposits would be drawn in $1 or $5 million increments, up to a maximum of $25 million per financial institution.

Deposited funds would facilitate affordable loans to small businesses and non-profits that could be used to provide bridge funding, pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.

Eligible Illinois businesses or non-profits must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have been shut down or limited due to COVID-19;
  • Have less than $1 million in liquid assets or $8 million average annual receipts (per SBA standards);
  • Be headquartered in the state of Illinois or agree to use the funds in Illinois.

More information about the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program, and how to apply, is available at

Jil Tracy

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