Resources to Help You Recover from Financial Hardship resulting from COVID-19

Whether you are an employee, business owner, student, or family affected by Covid-19, the following resources are a starting point to help you cope and recover financially. If you are looking for non-financial resources and information, please visit the library's Covid-19 information page.

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Unemployment assistance for employees

Cash or monetary assistance

Student loan assistance

Nutrition and food assistance, and well being assistance

Resources for business owners and employers

Info for business owners and employers

Updated September 5, 2020

Unemployment assistance for employees

Individuals who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 can visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) website to apply for unemployment. 

10 things to know before applying for unemployment insurance in Illinois, including a link to file your claim.

See the FAQ's on Unemployment in Illinois on the State of Illinois Coronavirus response page.

Unemployment insurance claimants must also register with the employment service: Employment Service Registration Requirements

For additional information, Call IDES at 1.800.244.5631 or visit the IDES website

Are you looking for a job? Lake County is maintaining a list of opportunities.

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Updated September 5, 2020

Cash or monetary assistance

Temporary Rental Assistance information

Rental Assistance and Affordable Housing in Lake County

  • The Lake County COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP) provides rent and utility assistance for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19. If you are a Lake County resident and need help paying rent or utility bills, please call 211. To learn more, please visit .


​​​​​​​Cash assistance for pregnant women and families with children: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Financial assistance for musicians: The Recording Academy MusiCares or Musicians Foundation (temporarily suspended)

Financial assistance for bartenders, spouses of bartenders, or children of bartenders: Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (temporarily suspended)

Artists can learn more about their options here about Arts for Illinois. Donate or Apply for funding here.

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Updated September 5, 2020

Student loan assistance

Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for students, parents, and borrowers

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Updated September 5, 2020

Nutrition and food assistance and well being

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help you and your family purchase groceries. To find out if you are eligible or to get help with your application, visit or call 844-600-7627.

The Northeastern Illinois Food Bank can also be a useful resource in feeding you and your family. Find your nearest pantry at

Moraine Township Food Pantry

West Deerfield Township Food Pantry

Contact Lake County's 211 to be connected with someone well-versed in Lake County organizations and operations that will direct you to services, resources, and help. On a phone, text 898211 or dial 211.

Apply for health insurance

Apply for Illinois Medicaid

Local health authority information and who to contact if you or someone you know is sick


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Updated September 18, 2020

Financial resources for businesses:


Lake Forest and Lake Bluff both have set up grant programs for businesses. Find the Lake Forest application here, and the Lake Bluff application here. Questions from applicants can be directed to or

Lake County Workforce Development (LCWD) grants:

  • Support with the onboarding of interns as well as temporary and contingent workers by covering 100% of personnel wages including FICA up to 6 months, or 1000 hours while the contingent worker is trained contingent upon agreement with LCWD

  • Reimbursing up to 75% of a new hire’s wage to the employer for up to 6 months or 1000 hours, whichever comes first

  • Potentially covering 100% of an associate degree, or up to $10,000 of tuition for a new hire or contingent worker who is enrolled with LCWD prior to hiring

  • Submitting tuition assistance directly to a college, university or training Institution for an identified new hire or contingent worker enrolled with LCWD

Any businesses or nonprofits interested in additional information on these and other LCWD initiatives should contact DeMar Harris, Director of Programs of the Lake County Workforce Development Department, at


State of Illinois

A second round of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program has begun. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as funds are expected to deplete quickly. See the requirements and apply here. The DCEO is hosting a series of webinars to help answer application questions:



Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet (PPP): closed August 8, 2020. Find PPP FAQs and guidance from the U.S. Treasury on PPP loan forgiveness.

SBA Funding Options


Covid19 Business for All Grant- This grant is for up to 50k to support business growth, including 10k emergancy grants for small businesses in Crisis. Apply here.

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Info for business owners and employers

Updated September 5, 2020

If you are an essential employer who is hiring, complete the Job Opportunity Form and a Lake County Job Center team member will get in touch with you. 

Employers seeking to avert layoffs can access and use Rapid Response Layoff Reporting & Services

The CDC has a list of resources for businesses and employers

FAQ's on the Food Service Industry from the State of Illinois Coronavirus response page.

Consider chatting with the experts at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Lake County (CLC). Or, sign up to receive updates from the SBDC at CLC.

19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Room E186
Phone: (847) 543-2033
Fax: (847) 223-9371

Find further business resource links, information, and partners on the Lake County Partners website.


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