Plainfield accepting applications for small business grants through Friday

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Small businesses in Plainfield have until Friday to apply for the village's relief grant program aimed at assisting establishments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant will reimburse demonstrated economic losses or impacts up to $5,000, according to a village announcement. All applications for the relief must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday to be considered.

An eligible business must be able to demonstrate losses or impacts to its operations due to the additional restrictions in effect on the region between late August and early September and since late October.

The businesses must also have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, cannot have exceeded $2.5 million in annual revenue last year, must be a village of Plainfield license holder and have been in operation since July 1 of this year.

The village is also giving grants to specific industries: independently-owned food and drink service establishments, banquet facilities with an occupancy of 50 or fewer people, travel, tourism or lodging, and indoor amusement venues.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee and selection of eligible businesses will be based on the village's eligibility and preferred criteria. Decisions on which applicants will receive a grant will be made on or by Dec. 21.

Grant awards are subject to funding availability.

For more information on the grant program or to get an application visit plainfield-il.org. Applicants can submit questions to Jake Melrose at jmelrose@goplainfield.com.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.