Moultrie County Courthouse is open for full hours with limited access.
If you are in need of a mask Sullivan Stitchers can help! Message Margie Gaither on Facebook or the SCED and we will get you in contact with them.
Oakwood Apothecary has an offering of masks for sale.
With the news of COVID-19 changing hourly, the Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development (SCED) wanted our business owners and residents to have easy access to the resources they will need during these changing times. Here you will find local, state, and federal resources to assist you with COVID-19 related questions. In addition, you will find ways that you can still support local businesses in the community while limiting your social interactions. For the most up-to-date information, SCED recommends monitoring information from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Please check back periodically as we update information and provide ways we can all work together to support our local neighbors, small businesses, and family and friends at this time.
ONE COMMUNITY. WORKING TOGETHER. How you an help...... Help us share what everyone in Sullivan/Moultrie County is doing to keep our community strong and thriving during this difficult time. Here are a few easy steps that we all can take over the next few weeks to get through COVID-19 together.
Comment on or Share local businesses' social media. It will help extend their reach.
If delivery / pick-up or online shopping options are available, please order up! We're working on compiling the business information on our site.
If you have the financial capability, tip generously.
Contact the business directly if you have a question about delivery zones or available items. Many are more than willing to accommodate.
Share how you're supporting the local businesses! Tag the business when you get your delivery order or online purchase.
Tag us when you're sharing! We love seeing your posts and stories!
If you become aware of employment opportunities, let us know so that we can share them with affected businesses.
Again, if you have financial capability, consider donating resources to a nearby non-profit.
Financial Opportunities for Businesses affected by COVID-19
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FROM SAVE SMALL BUSINESS VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY: Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home.
We know you’re facing multiple challenges right now, and every dollar counts.
Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.
TO QUALIFY YOU MUST....
- Employ between 3 and 20 people
- Be located in an economically vulnerable community
- Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
Funding Announcement: The Economic Development Downstate Small Business Stabilization program has been established to provide grants for working capital funds to businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
The program makes funds available to cover 60 days of verifiable working capital up to a grant ceiling of $25,000 and is available for businesses that employ 50 people or less. While all businesses with losses related to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply, certain qualifying criteria must be met and there is no guarantee funding will be awarded.
Funds may be used to assist private for-profit small retail and service businesses, or businesses considered non-essential by the Governor’s Executive Order without the ability for employees to work remotely.
Applicants must demonstrate an “Urgent Need” in relation to the COVID-19 emergency and projects should have solid commitments to retain permanent jobs.
Funds are provided by the State of Illinois to the communities of Sullivan and all Moultrie County communities. Funding is not made directly to a business by the State of Illinois. Therefore, interested businesses should contact Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development for pre-screening in an effort to speed the review process and shorten the length of time to access funds.
Please reach out to the SCED director at 217-254-1270 or email@example.com for more infomation about application process.
Facebook Small Business Grants ProgramFacebook knows that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. They have heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so they are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program (“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. The purpose of this funding is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits throughout Illinois to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Through this program, the Treasurer's Office would partner with approved financial institutions to provide loans -- either lower rate loans, or loans to a business or non-profit that would not otherwise qualify -- to Illinois small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hardofhearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working to secure access to resources for small businesses throughout the State of Illinois. The SBA announced via this link https://www.sba.gov/…/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-re… it will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. As part of this process, DCEO needs to collect information from businesses that are negatively impacted. This information will assist them in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from the SBA. The State of Illinois is asking impacted businesses please take a moment to complete this form: https://form.jotform.com/200717156003039 Accurate responses to the survey will assist in evaluating a request for an economic injury disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration
The IRS posted Filing and Payment Deadline Questions and Answers. These Q&As address the federal filing and payment extension to July 15 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. These Q&As currently include information on the additional extension to Oct. 15, first quarter estimated tax payments, IRAs and HSAs.
A new IRS.gov page that provides updates on mission-critical functions of the IRS. This page provides an overview of changes related to IRS operations and guidance for taxpayers during this period.
You can continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, and see posted updates on the special coronavirus page at IRS.gov/coronavirus.
Like schools, most child care programs have been asked to close. But many emergency and essential workers continue to need reliable care for their kids. Thus, the state is in the process of establishing a series of “emergency child care” options – settings that could operate under more flexible-than-usual rules, while still offering kids and families crucial assistance. Existing, interested providers could apply to re-open in this process; other, new providers could explore options for starting-up.
How to find emergency child care – Call 888-228-1146. In addition, Cook County residents can text 312-736-7390 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. And online, you can find and contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency by clicking here.
General guidance on establishing emergency-care options, including rules, a license application, list of essential workers, and background-check authorization – click here.
Related FAQ, including info on the closure of normal child care operations – click here.
online search tool is https://emergencycare.inccrra.org/
Sullivan Preschool has offered to answer any of your questions as well 217-728-7511
Other Resources and Local Information:
City of Sullivan Streaming Council Meetings
visit the City of Sullivan Facebook Page to watch LIVE stream of council meetings from the safety of your home.
Effective: Wednesday, March 18, 2020-We are closed to the public and are not able to take any face to face appointments at this time, but we are still available to assist individuals by phone, email and regular mail. We regret that the situation has come to this but it is our job to make sure that our elderly and disabled individuals are safe and healthy.
If you or someone you know who is a friend, neighbor, family member, church friend, and is also elderly or disabled and they live in Sullivan they can call us at the Senior Center in Sullivan and we would be happy to be their delivery service. Groceries, food, prescriptions, toilet paper..WHATEVER THEY NEED, delivered to their front door! Free of charge!! (Except for the cost of whatever goods they needed)Donations are always appreciated. We are available for as long as we can be, the situation seems to be changing by the day. We will keep our Facebook page updated as quickly as possible and we will continue to update Laurrie and the Chamber of anything as it comes our way.
Food Pantry Procedure Update:
The Moultrie County Food Pantry has changed procedure for picking up items. Please pull-up to the back of the building and call 217-728-7721 and they will come to your vehicle. As a reminder there are no income restrictions, anyone can utilize this service if you have fallen onto hard times.