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Ameren Illinois offering hardship grants to small businesses, nonprofits

Ameren Illinois has funding available for small businesses and nonprofits that have fallen behind on their electric bills.

Under the company’s COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, one-time grants of up to $500 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until Oct. 31 or until the funds are exhausted.

“The road to recovery has been long, as many small businesses and non-profits continue to struggle from the effects of the pandemic,” said Richard J. Mark, chairman and president of Ameren Illinois. “We encourage businesses who have fallen behind to apply for this grant, so they can get the assistance they need to move forward.”

To be considered, businesses must have an active, non-residential account, 50 or fewer full-time employees, and a principal office in Illinois. Eligible businesses may include, but are not limited to: small commercial enterprises, restaurants, clothing stores, hair salons, flower shops, and fitness facilities. Eligible non-profits may include, but are not limited to: schools, day cares, senior centers, religious organizations, community organizations, and charitable organizations.

Grant recipients will have the funds applied to their Ameren Illinois electric account. To apply, visit or call the Ameren Illinois Business Center at (800) 232-2477.

Ameren Illinois also offers energy efficiency programs to help small businesses and non-profits reduce their energy usage and save money. Eligible business customers can receive a free smart thermostat and free lighting assessment to identify energy-savings opportunities. For more information call 866.800.0747 or visit

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