- May 28, 2020
Northbrook’s Board of Trustees has approved a $250,000 program to help small restaurants, retailers, and personal service businesses offset the costs of reopening. The Making Northbrook Stronger initiative allows eligible businesses to be reimbursed up to $2000 for purchases of PPE, signage, plexiglass shields, and other expenses directly related to COVID-19 prevention. Applications for grants are expected to be available soon; the Chamber will share links to the forms as soon as they are posted.
The eligibility standards for the grants provide relief for small, locally-owned storefront businesses who were forced to close or restrict operations due to the pandemic. Businesses that are part of nationally-owned chains or that have more than four locations are not eligible. Retailers, salons, and similar businesses must have 25 or fewer full-time employees and a physical store within the Village’s commercial or retail districts; online and home-based businesses are excluded. Restaurants do not have a limit on the number of employees, but must be serving customers in a retail or commercial location (i.e., catering businesses are not included). Businesses must have been in operation as of February 1, be in good standing with all applicable licenses, and be able to show that they were negatively impacted by the mandatory shutdown.
The Village will accept applications for reimbursement of documented expenses through June 26. Recipients will be notified by July 2.