Last Updated: 8/14/2020  

What is the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative?    

We created this rapid response program to provide equitable and holistic comprehensive financial relief and critical support services to help suburban Cook County residents and small businesses rebound stronger than ever from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is part of our ongoing commitment to promote equitable economic growth and community development.

How our Recovery Initiative Can Help You

Over the next few weeks, we will be launching a wide range of assistance programs as part of our equitable recovery initiative. Our goal is to help businesses remain open, workers find jobs and families stay in their homes.

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Learn more about our Covid-19 Recovery Programs

For small businesses and manufacturers For individuals and families
  • Grants
  • Technical assistance
  • Strategic guidance on taxes, marketing, human resources, supply chain and other key topics   
  • Webinars and educational services, available in multiple languages
  • Workforce training resources
  • Housing, food and utility payment assistance
  • Employment and job training assistance
  • Legal aid and counseling  

    Housing Resources

    Rapid Response Program - Progress to Date:

    • 500+ Businesses Assisted
    • $7.1M Loans Approved for Small Businesses and Independent Contractors
    • 4,000+ Participants in Free Webinar Series (available in multiple languages)
    • $156,000 to 6 Suburban Homeless Shelters

    Things You Can Do

    Email: to contact the Bureau of Economic Development

    Helpful COVID-19 Recovery Resources

    Resources Links


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