New state grant to help communities hit by looting, unrest

New state grant to help communities hit hardest by looting, unrest
Looted beauty supply store in Chatham on the South Side. Photo credit Aisha I. Jefferson/ WBBM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois communities that suffered damages during civil unrest and looting are getting a helping hand.

The State of Illinois said the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has joined the Local Initiatives Support Group and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives as part of the Rebuild Distressed Communities program.

The new program will direct $25 million in funding to help cover the costs of civil-unrest-related repairs while also supporting new investments in economically distressed communities across Illinois. The first application round opens Tuesday with the deadline of 5 p.m. on Nov. 10.

Reimbursements can range from $1,000 to $200,000 depending on eligibility and the extent of damages.

The first application round opens Tuesday with the deadline of 5 p.m. on Nov. 10, with the first round of funds expected to be released sometime next month.

The death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody sparked protests that devolved into unrest and looting across the Chicago area at end of May into early June and again in August.

For more information, visit the LISC website.