High Road Kitchens, Executed by One Fair Wage and City of Chicago

One Fair Wage in partnership with the City of Chicago has launched the High Road Kitchens program, offering grants between $10,000 and $30,000 to Chicago restaurants.


  • Restaurant located in Chicago
  • Annual revenue of under $3 million
  • Experienced financial loss due to COVID-19 totaling 25% of annual revenue

Application Deadline: Rolling basis



Upskilling Grant – Association of Women’s Business Centers with generous funding provided by AARP Foundation

 The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to nearly 200,000 women entrepreneurs each year. 

Application Deadline: Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so be sure to apply early. If you have questions, please contact info@awbc.org.



Small Business Improvement Fund, Executed by City of Chicago and SomerCor

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund provides small businesses with reimbursable grants for permanent building improvement costs.


  • Commercial and industrial business located in Chicago’s TIF districts
  • Industrial businesses must have 200 or fewer employees
  • Commercial businesses must gross average annual sales under $9M for the prior 3 years

Application Deadline: Determined by TIF districts – LEARN MORE


Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

AWBC is committed to helping small businesses grow. That’s why in partnership with Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, they are helping arm Women’s Business Centers and small businesses just like yours with the tools and resources needed to thrive in today’s digital economy.

By joining the free program: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, you’ll get access to courses, live coaching sessions, and invaluable learning materials, as well as the potential to apply for an exclusive pool of $10,000 small business grants.

In partnership with LISC, Verizon has committed over $1M in small business grants for 2022.

Here’s how to unlock the application for the current round of grant funding:

Step 1

Register on Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Step 2

Complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events, and apply by November 14, 2022. (Engagements through the Personalized Mentoring feature are not included towards grant eligibility)

Step 3

Once completed, the application link will become available in the “incentives” tab on your account dashboard. Fill out and submit the application.

All applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been selected to receive grant funding the week of November 28, 2022.



Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant 

The program started in February 2022 and runs through January 2023. Programs must opt-in each quarter, similar to the Child Care Restoration Grant (CCRG).

Quarters will run as follows:

·    SGCC Round 5 applications will be available from November 28, 2022 – December 22, 2022!

The Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grants will be available to all programs who:

·    are licensed as a child care center, child care home, or group child care home.

·    were in operation as of March 2021 and continue to care for children today.

·    operate full-day and full-year, defined as a program that is open and offering at least eight consecutive hours of care per day, five days per week.

·    enrolled 10% or more of the program’s licensed capacity with children in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) during any month in 2020 or 2021 and currently participate in CCAP.

·    receive no more than 50% of total early childhood program/site revenue from Early Childhood Block Grant funding (including Preschool for All (PFA) and/or Prevention Initiative (PI)) or Head Start/Early Head Start.

·    do not accept a 2022 Child Care Restoration Extension Grant award (programs can apply for either 2022 CCRG Extension or SGCC, but not both)

The Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grant will provide child care homes with $2,500 per program per quarter, group child care homes with $3,750 per program per quarter, and child care centers with $6,250 per classroom per quarter.


How to Apply:

The Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) will administer the Strengthen and Grow Child Care Grants. INCCRRA will provide technical assistance through their website and via email throughout the life of the grant. Email grants@inccrra.org with questions.

The application for SGCC is available to programs in the Gateways Registry Director Portal. If your program meets the eligibility requirements above and you do not have the option to apply, please email grants@inccrra.org for technical assistance.




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