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SBIF- Small Business Improvement Fund- Chicago

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Many small businesses miss the opportunity to take advantage of resources available through the City of Chicago. Below is the information for the SBIF- Small Business Improvement Fund listed on the City of Chicago's website.

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) provides grant funding for permanent building improvements and repairs across the city. Offered by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to tenants and owners of industrial and commercial properties, SBIF grants are funded by Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues in designated TIF districts citywide. Program participants can receive grants to cover between 30 percent and 90 percent of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant of $150,000 for commercial properties and $250,000 for industrial properties. The grant, which is administered by SomerCor on the City’s behalf, does not have to be repaid.

Who is eligible?

  • Business properties located in a TIF district where SBIF funds are available and the SBIF is open for applications

  • Commercial businesses with gross annual sales up to $9 million on average over the previous three years

  • Commercial property owners with net worth up to $ 9 million and liquid assets up to $500,000

  • Industrial businesses with up to 200 full-time employees

  • Residential projects are not eligible for SBIF grants

When are grants available near me?

SBIF applications are submitted during monthly rollout periods for individual TIF districts. Upcoming dates are listed below.

December 2021 OPENS: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 CLOSES: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30

  • 79th/Southwest Highway

  • Cicero/Archer

  • 67th/Wentworth

  • 79th/Vincennes

  • 87th/Cottage Grove

  • Avalon Park/South Shore

Informational Webinar 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 | Video | Presentation January 2022 OPENS: 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3 CLOSES: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1

  • Jefferson Park

  • Portage Park

  • Pilsen Industrial Corridor

  • Lincoln Avenue

  • Bronzeville

  • 43rd/Cottage Grove

  • Washington Park

Informational Webinar 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 | Video | Presentation February 2022 OPENS: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 CLOSES: 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2

  • Humboldt Park Commercial

  • 24th/Michigan

  • Clark/Montrose

  • Galewood/Armitage Industrial

  • Devon/Western

Informational Webinar 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 | Register See Full Rollout Calendar

How do I apply?

The application must be submitted to DPD’s program administrator, SomerCor.

For additional program information or application assistance, visit the SomerCor website at

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