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Applications Open: The Chi Biz Strong Grants Program and Outdoor Dining Grants Program Informational Session

October 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - October 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Applications Open: The Chi Biz Strong Grants Program and Outdoor Dining Grants Program


The $20M Chi Biz Strong Grant Program and $2M Outdoor Dining Grant Program helps promote an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the city in both the neighborhoods and the downtown area.

Program Overview:

  • Chi Biz Strong Grant Program: $5,000-$10,000 grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced lost revenue or increased costs due to COVID-19 to support business/nonprofit expenses
  • Outdoor Dining Grant Program: $5,000 grants for small restaurants and bars to support the purchase of outdoor furniture, pandemic-related signage, and personal protective equipment
  • Eligible organizations must have under $3M in revenue, and organizations that have not received prior government pandemic relief will be prioritized
  • Applicants will be selected by criteria and lottery, how soon you submit your application will have no impact on your likelihood to receive an award, as long as it is submitted prior to the deadline
  • Applications are open through Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

The City of Chicago will host informational webinars to assist applicants in preparing for the application on:


Register for a webinar by clicking the above date of the webinar or by visiting


To learn more and to apply, visit


October 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
October 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM


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