Illinois Developments & Resources
Although the Illinois State Legislature is not in session, Forefront is in constant communication with members of the General Assembly to advocate on behalf of the sector.
Policy Director Bryan Zarou participated in a webinar with Congressman Brad Schneider and the Small Business Administration on Thursday, April 9, sharing statewide policy updates. View the recording here.
- Forefront has spoken with community organizations, legal organizations and the funder community to organize solid recommendations to our state leaders. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to:
- State Grants and Contracts
- Unemployment Insurance
- Extending Small Business assistance to Nonprofits
- Support for Charitable Giving
- Governor JB Pritzker has issued a “stay at home” order from Saturday, March 21 at 5pm until April 30.
- The State Treasurer’s office has suspended any grants through their Charitable Trust Program until April.
- Chicago’s Nonprofit Lobbying law will NOT be implemented until July. Negotiations are still taking place to reduce the burden on nonprofits. Once we have more information, we will update this page.
- Cook County is initiating a series of measures waiving various County fines, fees and deferring tax collections to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the measures here.
Federal Developments and Resources
- Nonprofit Access to Small Business Disaster Loans
The Small Business Administration announced it is extending disaster relief loans to small businesses, including nonprofits, to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Working with state officials, SBA will be offering loans of up to $2 million through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Learn more by reading our SBA loan fact sheet.
- The Small Business Administration is also offering Payroll Protection loans through the Paycheck Protection Loan program. Learn more about the loans and how to apply on the Treasury’s website.
- Federal Grants Flexibility
The federal Office of Management and Budget has posted instructions allowing federal agencies to issue exceptions to the grants rules in the OMB Uniform Guidance to remove administrative impediments on services necessary to carry out the emergency response related to COVID-19. The Memo (M-20-11) encourages flexibility in processing renewals of grants, allows looser reimbursement and purchasing standards, and more.
To access additional Forefront resources, as well as webinars, reports, free tools, and other information from across the country, visit our COVID-19 resources page.