May 08, 2021

Lockport announces small business COVID-19 grant/loan recipients

Grants and loans awareded under the Lockport Recovery Initiative (LRI)

The City of Lockport recently announces that under the Lockport Recovery Initiative (LRI), over 40 grants and/or loans have been awarded through the Small Business COVID-19 Grant and/or Loan Program.

These grants and/or loans total $350,000 and will help local small business and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations during the State of Illinois stay-home-orders and additional impacts of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders due to COVID-19.

The City’s Small Business COVID-19 Grant and/or Loan Program was authorized by Ordinance No. 20-008 approved by the City Council at its regular meeting on April 15.

The program was also discussed previous to the city council meeting at a Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole on April 8 and received over 50 applications for assistance.

The review committee, authorized to oversee the program, awarded grants/loans to selected businesses who met eligibility requirements and priority levels, demonstrating need related to the COVID-19 pandemic and related mandates by the State of Illinois.

Additional initiatives include a Water Bill Relief Program and Eat Lockport microsite at, which supports local restaurants by advertising those that continue to serve the community.

For more information, visit or call 815-838-0549.

For more information regarding the Lockport Recovery Initiative (LRI) or the Small Business COVID-19 Grant/Loan Program, contact Lance Thies at 838-0549 x1137 or