The City of Decatur is accepting applications for the Decatur Small Business Rapid Relief Funds.  The City has been awarded $1.2 Million from the DCEO CURE-ES program to provide to our small businesses and hospitality industry.  The applications will be accepted until 3:00 pm on January 6, 2020. Funds for this grant requires rapid payments. As of now, all funds must be disbursed by January 30, 2021. Businesses with eligible expenses incurred between March 2020 and December 2020 are encouraged to apply, for resources that are available as outlined below.

  • Utility assistance to hotels/motels
  • Reimbursement of PPE supplies to local businesses
  • Outfitting of parklets (outdoor dining expenses)
  • Mortgage expenses for local businesses
  • Utility expenses for local businesses

For details over specific guidelines and eligibility read the rules here.

To apply for this grant online now, click here

With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect in every region across the state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Tier 3 mitigations build on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overrun. This latest round of mitigations aims to limit gatherings and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible and follow proper safety measures when out in public. The mitigations carefully balance the paramount goal of saving lives while preserving the option for in-person learning for children and protecting as much of the economy as possible from the continued impacts of the virus.

The Tier 3 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide at 12:01 am on Friday, November 20, 2020.  For a list of the restrictions under this mitigation phase  For more FAQs on how this will impact specific business categories, click here.

For information about options for screening of staff and visitors, symptoms warranting testing, guidelines for social distancing, medical facts about COVID-19, and other medical and health information, information from the Center for Disease Control or the Illinois Department of Public Health, please contact the Macon County Health Department, St. Mary’s Hospital or Decatur Memorial Hospital.

However, the city of Decatur understands that the coronavirus is more than just a public health emergency; it is also a business interruption emergency. For this reason, until the coronavirus emergency comes to an end, the city of Decatur will use its website to provide information to help businesses and others who have suffered disruption as a result of government-imposed closures and other limitations on business activity.

  1.  City Council has approved waiving permit fees for restaurants, bars, as well as retail businesses that are temporarily seeking to use public sidewalks, parking lots, other public properties to conduct their business.  We have a simplified application and process.  Delivery and curbside pickups can continue for those businesses providing this service. Click here for an up to date restaurant guide.
  2. Small business assistance can be obtained at this link from IL DCEO
  3. Expedited unemployment benefits for employees negatively impacted can be obtained at this link.   Unemployment insurance eligibility and the application process call Claimant Services at (800) 244- 5631.
  4. The City of Decatur is temporarily allowing our restaurants to sell alcohol for off-site consumption, meaning you can likely get a drink to-go from your take-out restaurant.  Read the entire Liquor Commission Document
  5. On November 16, 2020, due to the increasing recommendation of federal and state public health agencies, the City of Decatur adopted a local mask requirement Ordinance.  This essentially requires a face covering to be worn when indoors in public places to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  There are reasonable exceptions and parameters to the requirement that can be found here in the  Ordinance.


Take Your Business Outside Permits

Temporary Use of Public ROW and Property Permit
Sidewalk Sign Permit – Application
Food and Beverage Cart Permit Application

Business FAQ HERE

Short-Term Sales Tax Relief

Trying to understand if your business is essential or subject to stay at home order, click for the essential business checklist.

Illinois State Treasurer announces a Bridge Loan Program for businesses, please click here to connect to the Treasurer’s website.


Religious Services

The State’s position is that indoor religious services are “strongly discouraged,” but if a church insists on having indoor services anyway, then they should follow the attached rules. As of now, this will be Decatur’s official position too.


Federal and State Programs

Aid to Small Businesses


Aid to Medium Sized Businesses


Aid to Large Sized Business


Aid to All Businesses


Contact Information

General Resources: visit

PPE Equipment

Business Assistance


Other Resources