On March 15, 2021, the Village Board of Arlington Heights approved $130,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to provide financial assistance to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Regarding these funds, the Village of Arlington Heights will be offering 26 forgivable loans, in the amount of $5,000 each, to eligible businesses.
CDBG funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is appropriated via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Village of Arlington Heights will accept applications that meet the mandatory criteria and provide the required documentation.
An eligible applicant is a for-profit business that:
- Is in current operation within the Village of Arlington Heights corporate boundaries, and has been in operation within Arlington Heights since at least March 1, 2019.
- Is in good standing with the Village (i.e. no unpaid fines or fees, code violations, etc.)
- Is a brick-and-mortar operation. Preference will be given to sales tax generating retailers, restaurants, and entertainment uses. Restaurants located within the Arlington Alfresco Downtown pedestrian zone are not eligible.
- Experienced a 20% or greater decline in sales revenues during the period of April-December 2020 when compared to the same nine-month period in 2019.
- Is not part of a national or regional chain, unless the business owner is a franchisee with ownership interest in no more than two total locations of the same brand.
- Spent at least $5,000 on COVID-related expenses.
- Continually retained at least one full-time or equivalent low-to-moderate income job position for a six-month period dating back to April 2020, or will have done so prior to December 31, 2021. The maximum annualized income of said position is $51,000/year. Combined part-time employees must work at least 20 hours/week.The applicable worker(s) must be a W-2 paying position.
- Is not duplicating use of funds already garnered from other State, Federal, or Local programs, such as the SBA’s PPP and EIDL programs. For example, if PPP funds were used towards rent during a three-month period, this forgivable loan program from the Village cannot be put towards rent from the same time period as well.
The Village of Arlington Heights, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to decline applications or withhold loan payments for any reason. Loan availability is contingent upon the Village receiving the funds for this program from HUD, and all loans must conform with HUD regulations and guidelines.
Applicants are to provide accurate information and all required documentation. Loans are subject to federal funding requirements that are intended to benefit low-income and moderate-income persons. Recipients not in compliance with the program’s requirements will be required to refund all, or a portion, of the awarded loan amount.
Submittal and Terms
Completed applications are to be submitted online, and can only be done so once. Please read the entire application before filling it out, and ensure that all required documentation is available to be uploaded (preferably in PDF format). A lottery will be conducted among the eligible applications received. First priority for selection will be given to sales tax generating retail, restaurants, and entertainment uses. If funds remain available, the lottery will be opened to all other eligible applications.
Terms of the loan are 0% interest for up to six months (or expiration of lease, whichever comes first). If the business can verify that they have met all requirements of the loan, including the employee retention provision, the loan may be immediately forgiven. If the business has not yet employed a low-to-moderate income job position, or has not for the mandated six-month period, the loan may be forgiven following complete adherence to this requirement.
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 16 at 5:00pm CST. If demand for funds does not meet or exceed supply, the Village may determine how to use remaining funds at its discretion.
Eligible Use of Funds
A Village of Arlington Heights Small Business Forgivable Loan may be used to reimburse various costs/expenses occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are examples of potential uses for the forgivable loan:
- Payroll/wages for low-to-moderate income employee. The maximum annual income for a full-time job is $51,000/year. Combined part-time employees must work at least 20 hours/week. The applicable worker(s) must be a W-2 paying position.
- Mortgage payments or rent for tenant space.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) to operate within State-mandated COVID guidelines.
- Other expenses in direct relation to the negative impacts of the pandemic can also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Expenses incurred that are not directly tied to the impact of COVID-19, or that have already been accounted for via other governmental loans or grants (e.g. SBA PPP program, etc.), will be considered ineligible.
Ineligible Business Types*
The following business types are ineligible for this program:
- Arlington Alfresco Restaurants within the Downtown Pedestrian Zone
- Adult Businesses
- Auction Rooms
- Construction Yards
- Home-based Businesses
- Houses of Worship
- Liquor Stores
- Medical Offices and Facilities
- Not-profit Organizations
- Pawn Shops
- Tobacco or Cannabis Retailers
- Businesses whose revenue increased from April-December 2020 (as compared to the same period in 2019) or whose revenues decreased by less than 20%