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Grants Available for African American Small Businesses!


The Community Economic Development Grant program will provide a total of 237,000 in grants ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 for operating, capital or start up expenses. For more information visit or call 312-326-0368.

Application Process
Applications are available online at
Submit completed application and attachments in electronic format by Midnight - January 8, 2014

or mail to Illinois African-American Family Commission - Attn: CEDG Program Application 2925 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible fro the grant award:
Must be an African American Small Business employing forty or fewer employees;
Must be a non-profit or for-profit enterprises in the following industries: retail, food service, personal services, manufacturing, information technology, transportation, apparel and construction, operating in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs.
Must be in good standing with the Secretary of State's Office
Must demonstrate sustainability and a vested plan for continued future funding.