In the fall, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced CURES-ES funding, which allowed cities to apply for grant money to be distributed to local businesses that have been impacted by COVID. Champaign and Urbana recently announced this latest round of grant awardees. Businesses could apply for up to $5000 of funds to be used for reimbursement of added expenses incurred while making their businesses safer for employees and customers.

The City of Champaign:

ALL SMILES FAMILY DENTISTRY  $5,000.00
AROMA  $5,000.00
AT HOME WITH CLV, LLC  $5,000.00
BARRELHOUSE 34  $5,000.00
BENTLEY’S PUB  $5,000.00
BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO  $5,000.00
BILLY BAROOZ  $5,000.00
BLACK DOG SMOKE & ALE HOUSE  $5,000.00
BODYWORK ASSOCIATES  $1,975.26
CAFE KOPI  $2,035.58
CARBRI, INC. DBA FARREN’S PUB & EATERY  $5,000.00
CHECKERED MOON  $5,000.00
CHINATOWN BUFFET  $4,780.62
CHURCH STREET SQUARE LEASING  $4,638.96
CLEVER MOOSE DBA: EVERYDAY KITCHEN AT LODGIC  $5,000.00
CMT CENTRAL SERVICES  $5,000.00
CMT VENTURES INC  $5,000.00
COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION PARTNERS, LLC  $5,000.00
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS  $950.00
CORO ENTERPRISES LLC DBA THE RED LION  $5,000.00
COUNTRYSIDE SCHOOL  $5,000.00
COWBOY MONKEY  $5,000.00
CU AEROSPACE  $852.04
CULVER’S ON MARKETVIEW  $5,000.00
CULVER’S ON NEIL ST.  $5,000.00
DAYCARE CENTER OF FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH  $5,000.00
DOS REALES MEXICAN RESTAURANT  $5,000.00
DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES, INC.  $5,000.00
DREAMSCAPE DESIGN, INC.  $1,952.00
EL TORO II  $5,000.00
EMLAB SOLUTIONS, INC.  $666.86
ESPRESSO ROYALE  $3,905.19
ESPRESSO ROYALE-VILLAGE GREEN  $4,350.60
ESQUIRE LOUNGE  $5,000.00
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CHAMPAIGN  $3,124.25
FISCELLA BUILDING SERVICES, INC.  $383.46
FRUITVACCINE INC.  $5,000.00
GLUCOSENTIENT, INC.  $578.60
GOLDEN WHEAT  $3,421.08
GUIDO’S  $5,000.00
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY RESTORE  $870.58
HAMPTON INN BY HILTON  $2,612.36
HOLIDAY INN CHAMPAIGN  $5,000.00
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL  $5,000.00
HONGKONG MARKET CORP DBA GREEN ONION  $5,000.00
I HOTEL  $5,000.00
ILLINI MEDIA COMPANY  $1,900.99
INSIGNA, INC. D/B/A EPIVARA  $3,974.81
IPPATSU SALON  $2,990.67
IT’S A WRAP AUTOMOTIVE LLC  $267.25
J6 FOODS  $5,000.00
JSM MANAGEMENT, INC.  $5,000.00
JUPITERS AT THE CROSSING  $5,000.00
JUPITERS PIZZERIA AND BILLIARDS  $5,000.00
KAMS CHAMPAIGN LLC DBA KAM’S  $5,000.00
KLEENRITE  $5,000.00
KOFUSION LLC  $5,000.00
KOKUSHI MIDWEST JUDO  $2,725.00
LA QUINTA INN BY WYNDHAM  $5,000.00
LEGACY PIZZERIA  $5,000.00
LITTLE LEGENDS LEARNING CENTER, INC  $5,000.00
MAIZE LLC  $5,000.00
MAIZE MEXICAN GRILL INC.  $5,000.00
MCGUIRE HOMES  $5,000.00
MCR CHAMPAIGN 1 TENANT LLC (HILTON GARDEN INN)  $4,239.52
MEYER DRAPERY SERVICES INC.  $962.05
MIA ZAS DBA DELIGHTERS INC  $4,524.00
MICHAELS’ CATERING LLC  $5,000.00
MIGA RESTAURANT  $4,842.00
NAILS BY DALENNA  $1,300.00
NAYA RESTAURANT CORP./SAKANAYA RESTAURANT  $3,037.48
ONE NAILS LLC  $2,696.00
ONE T’S CORNER POCKET  $5,000.00
PIA’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL  $5,000.00
PIERCY MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC DBA MOSSER’S SHOES  $5,000.00
PIPA’S PUB  $5,000.00
POLYVINYL  $1,329.07
POUR BROS. TAPROOM  $5,000.00
RAGLE DENTAL LABORATORY, INC.  $5,000.00
RAMCLEAN 2, INC.  $3,000.00
ROLAND REALTY, INC  $3,515.37
RSSS INC.  $5,000.00
S & P LODGING, INC. DBA DAYS INN  $4,516.04
SA FITNESS LLC  $5,000.00
SAVAR ENTERPRISES, INC. DBA SUBWAY  $3,701.29
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES  $174.15
SEVEN SAINTS  $5,000.00
SHAWARMA JOINT  $4,695.00
SOMA ULTRA LOUNGE  $5,000.00
STARFIRE INDUSTRIES, LLC  $5,000.00
STEPHENS FAMILY YMCA  $5,000.00
SUMUKH LLC DBA CANDLEWOOD SUITES  $4,238.94
SUNSINGER WINE AND SPIRITS  $5,000.00
SUZU’S BAKERY  $893.34
TACO JOHNS  $2,802.88
THE ACADEMY CAMPUSTOWN  $2,682.50
THE DEAN CAMPUSTOWN  $4,530.10
THE REFUGEE CENTER  $1,531.29
THE VENUE CU  $5,000.00
TRACYLEALLC DBA STYLE AND GRACE SALON & SPA  $5,000.00
TUMBLE INN INC  $5,000.00
VAPE VAULT INC  $3,679.81
WATSON’S SHACK & RAIL LLC  $5,000.00
WINDY CITY LODGING INC.  $5,000.00
WRIGHT THE VISION ENT LLC, LEADAZ ATHLETIC FOOTWEAR  $2,012.54
YG HOTEL INVESTORS, LLC D/B/A HYATT PLACE  $5,000.00
YMCA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS  $4,470.89

City of Urbana:

American Oil Chemists' Society
Art Coop
Best of Africa Food Store
Best Western
Bluestem Hall
Boomerangs
Burger King
Caffe Paradiso
CoLab
Common Ground Food Co-op
Courier Café
CU Holistic Health
Culvers
East Central IL Service Group dba: Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Econo Lodge (RAM Hotel Group)
Hampton Inn
Heel to Toe, Inc.
Karma Trade
Kinex-Studios
Kofusion LLC
LL Sushi
Manolos
Norden
Official Kutz
Po'Boys
Riggs
Salt & Light
Siam Terrace
Silver Creek
The Weiner Companies, LTD
Toro Loco
Transcendence Broadcasting

Top photo by Anna Longworth.