B2B grants1EAST ST. LOUIS – With support from State Senator Christopher Belt, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced the latest round of Back to Business grants awarded to businesses in the restaurant industry.

“The Back to Business grants have had a major impact on local restaurants during their post-pandemic recovery,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “These grants have continued to help restaurants and other businesses rebuild and thrive after setbacks due to COVID-19.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest hit industries. Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eleven area restaurants in Belt’s district will receive a combined total of $390,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

“Local restaurants are what make different communities unique,” said Belt. “This program recognizes the contributions these businesses provide for their region and has allowed many restaurants to continue their operations, ensuring they stay open for years ahead.”

For more information about B2B grants visit DCEO’s website.