Small Business Improvement Fund Grants


Grants up to $250,000 will support new retail, dining and cultural projects along LaSalle Street in the Loop.

Funding from the City's Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) will help entrepreneurs create cafes, restaurants, stores and other neighborhood-oriented amenities for the Loop's growing population.

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 2, 2023, SBIF applications were being accepted for ground-level projects within the target LaSalle Street corridor that serve local residents and businesses. A map below outlines the target corridor boundaries, and an overview of properties and available real estate spaces within the priority area is available for review.

Qualifying projects are eligible for up to $250,000 in grant funding, with $50,000 bonuses available for businesses expanding from low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

SBIF provides grant reimbursements for approved permanent building improvements and repairs, including but not limited to:

  • Storefront and facade upgrades
  • Interior renovations and fixtures
  • Plumbing and electrical work
  • ADA compliance
  • Architectural and construction management fees 

The SBIF funding will complement the creation of more than 1,000 planned mixed-income apartments near LaSalle and Adams and the influx of thousands of Google employees planned for the former Thompson Center at LaSalle and Randolph.

Landlords and tenants of commercial properties are eligible to apply. 

Any additional questions about SBIF funding can be directed via email to

How to apply

Applications were required to be submitted to DPD’s program administrator, SomerCor. To find the application, along with additional program information or application assistance, visit the SomerCor website.

Previous meetings

Rollout Webinar | Aug. 29, 2023
Video | Presentation

Informational Webinar | July 27, 2023

Informational Webinar | June 27, 2023

Informational Webinar | June 1, 2023
Video | Presentation