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UPDATED 4/7/202

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

To support small businesses in downstate and rural counties across Illinois, DCEO is repurposing $20 million in CDBG funds to stand up the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program. This Fund will offer small businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. These grants will be offered on a rolling basis.

Additional INFO on the program can be found here

Link to apply here.


Visit the AIA Trust website and the Victor website for additional resources surrounding preparations and response to the coronavirus.

A message from Robert Ivy, FAIA

Click here to read an article by AIA Risk Management regarding the challenges faced by architecture firms working through the pandemic. 

Click here to read about the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program. The program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


View the Coming Together / Working Apart Webinar, held originally on March 24. The webinar features experts in contract law, insurance, employee benefits and other matters that are affecting architects and firm leaders at this time.

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The virus, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in January in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Confirmed cases are concentrated in China but have spread throughout Asia and more recently into Europe and other regions, including a small number in the United States and Canada.

Concern for member health and safety, airline restrictions, and travel warnings are affecting association global operations and conferences. These resources are compiled here to help you stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation.

AIA has compiled a list of resources for you to refer to. This list will continue to grow as the situation evolves. 



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