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Monroe County EDC reminder: Back-to-Business Grant portal closes May 10

The Monroe County Economic Development Corporation has issued a reminder to Covid-impacted businesses within their service region of their availability to help owners complete their Back-to-Business Grant application before the portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2023.

“If you are a hotel, restaurant, or in the creative arts industry, in operation on or before March 12, 2020, and lost funds due to Covid, you could be eligible for grant funds,” noted Executive Director Edie Koch with the Monroe County EDC.

The agency’s announcement further encouraged those who were not sure of their eligibility to reach out now, while also further noting that applications deemed eligible would receive funding.

A list of potentially eligible grantees includes:

■ Restaurants ■ Bars ■ Food trucks ■ Street vendors ■ Brewpubs ■ Caterers ■ Tasting Rooms ■ Taprooms ■ Breweries ■ Microbreweries ■ Wineries ■ Distilleries ■ Hotels ■ Motels ■ Inns ■  Tourist Homes ■ Lodging Houses ■ Rooming Houses ■ Retreat Centers ■ Conference Centers ■ Hunting Lodges ■ Independent Live Venue Operators ■ Dance ■ Dance Studios ■ Film ■ Literary Arts ■ Media Arts ■ Music ■ Bands ■ DJ’s ■ Theater ■ Movie Theaters ■ Museum ■ Visual Arts ■ Tattoo Artist ■ Arts Education ■ Cultural Heritage Organization

If a local business or organization is unsure of their eligibility or if this grant program could be a good fit, the Monroe County Economic Development Corporation office can help determine application eligibility and advise on fitness.

For more information, call (618) 939-8681, ext. 309 or send an email to

Their office is located at 100 S. Main St. in Waterloo, Ill., and serves Monroe County and cooperating opportunity areas in St. Clair and Randolph Counties. Learn more at


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