The Emergency Retailer/Restaurant Grant is intended to provide financial relief from the COVID-19 pandemic for City Center businesses. This grant provides funding directly to retailers or restaurants who are renting or leasing space within the Special Service Area. This grant is not intended for property owners. The use of funds is flexible in nature and is intended to assist businesses to pay employees or other operating expenses. The grant applicant shall identify specific uses for the money.

Phase II grants are open to businesses that received a Phase I grant.*


  • Grants shall be a maximum amount of $5,000.
  • Grants shall be awarded for up to 50% of total eligible expenses and shall not exceed $5,000.
  • *If business received a Phase I grant, the maximum grant amount will be $5,000 less the previous grant amount.
  • Business owner/applicant is required to commit to operation for a period of not less than one (1) year from the date of grant disbursement. If the owner or business fails to meet this standard, a pro-rata reimbursement of grant funds to the CCP will be required.


  • Applicant must operate a brick-and-mortar establishment within the City Center Special Service Area that was in operation on March 15, 2020.
  • Applicant’s business must generate sales tax .
  • Application must be complete.
  • Applicant and business must be in good standing with City of Joliet zoning, ordinances, and all applicable regulations.


  • Payroll for the time period of April 18th– September 14th, 2020.
  • Other operating expenses for the time period of April 18th– September 14th, 2020.


  • Applicants must submit the completed application form to the City Center Partnership via email to lauren.las@jolietdowntown.com.
  • Grant applications are due SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, by 5PM.
  • Applications will be evaluated by a review committee, and awards shall be based upon the above criteria.
  • Grant recipients will be notified by October 2nd.
  • Disbursement of grant funds is expected to occur within one – two weeks after recipient is notified of award.

Determination of funding eligibility shall be at the sole discretion of the Joliet City Center Partnership.

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