COVID Housing Relief Program
Lake County renters and homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19 are invited to apply for a new program that offers financial assistance to help pay for rent, gas and electric bills. Learn more.
Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program
Thank you for your interest in the Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The current application period is now closed. To learn more about this program, please view our FAQs or watch one of the webinars below.
Applications will be reviewed over the next few weeks and approved businesses will be notified by Aug. 31, 2020.
Lake County Partners President Discusses the Small Business Assistance Grant Program
July 8 Webinar: Overview and Application Process
July 14 Webinar
What is Lake County Forward?
Lake County Forward is a collaborative, whole-of-government initiative for community health and economic recovery as Lake County accelerates through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The past few months have been a challenge for so many of our Lake County residents and businesses”, said Lake County Chair Sandy Hart. “As we move forward together, the Lake County Board and staff are working to ensure that we are committed, united and resilient on the road to recovery.”
Lake County Forward is comprised of...
Lake County Strategic Advisory Group
As part of Lake County Forward, Chair Hart has formed a Lake County Strategic Advisory Group on COVID-19 Relief and Recovery. This non-partisan, public-private advisory group will share their expertise and knowledge and provide input on strategic needs, requirements, options, and recommended priorities while recovering from COVID-19. Members will be invited by Lake County Board Chair Hart to participate.
Special Finance COVID-19 Committee
Lake County formed a special COVID-19 Finance Committee that met for the first time on May 15, 2020. The Committee was set up to provide guidance and strategic priorities to County Administration for the planning and execution of the various federal COVID response funds provided to Lake County. The committee will meet weekly to evaluate options and act quickly to fund initiatives to help the community ‘move forward’ from COVID-19.
- To view upcoming meeting times and agendas, please visit www.lakecountyil.gov/calendar.
- To view recordings of previous meetings, click here.
For weeks, Lake County employees have been working around the clock to respond to COVID-19. Lake County has formalized a group of task forces that continues to measure the impact of COVID-19 and plan for recovery efforts. Teams are focusing on support and resources for the homeless and vulnerable communities and businesses, maximizing Federal and State funding to aid the community, and possible operation and budget changes to Lake County Government.
Lake County CARES Act Funds
The Lake County Board has been working throughout the COVID-19 crisis to move federal funding to residents and businesses in need across our community. To learn more about the timeline and actions taken so far, please read this document.
$105 Million Committed to COVID-19 Recovery
On July 27, 2020, the Lake County Board passed a $75 million emergency appropriation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding to the funding allocated the past two months, the Lake County Board has now committed $105 million for COVID-19 recovery in Lake County.
- $35 million municipality, fire protection district, and other taxing body reimbursement for COVID-19 expenses
- $20 million small business assistance
- $18 million food, rental, utility, housing, employment and other resident support and assistance
- $15.3 million Lake County COVID-19 expenses
- $13.7 million contact tracing, education, vaccination, behavioral health services, and other public health support and assistance
- $3 million personal protective equipment
Rent & Utility Assistance
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 about the Lake County COVID Housing Relief Program, click here.
Tune in to Recording of COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
Lake County held a live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, June 23. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists discussed the current COVID-19 situation, funding and relief efforts for residents and businesses, plans to reopen schools, and a look ahead at what to expect in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Watch the meeting recording in English or Spanish. Those with questions that did not get answered during the town hall can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the information they need.
Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State
The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Families seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food and other household necessities may visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com for program details and how to apply.
Lake County Forward - Reopening Guidelines
- Day Camps
- Health & Fitness Businesses
- Outdoor Recreation
- Personal Care Services
- Private RV Parks & Campgrounds
- Restaurants & Bars
- Service Counters
- Youth Sports
North Suburban Region - Lake & McHenry County
Lake and McHenry County officials are working together to slow the recent resurgence of COVID-19. The two counties make up the North Suburban Region identified under a plan recently rolled out by the State of Illinois. Under the plan, the region is positioned to respond with appropriate interventions as current state metrics indicate an increase of COVID-19 positive cases. Learn more about the North Suburban Region here.
Phases & Guidelines
To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.
Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.
- See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.
- Phase 4 Guidelines and Toolkit
- Phase 3 Guidelines and Toolkit
- Read the entire Restore Illinois plan here.