As our businesses and communities continue to experience the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Lake Barrington is taking proactive steps to ensure its robust business community continues to thrive.
The Village of Lake Barrington Board of Trustees recently approved the $50,000 Village Economic Development Grant Program to assist local restaurants that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program was part of a larger campaign featuring direct mailings, advertising throughout the community and social media messaging to support all local businesses.
By offering this grant, the Village aims to ensure the survival of its robust business community, which serves great importance to residents and the overall economic health of Lake Barrington. Approved restaurant owners will receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000 that can go towards expenses such as capital improvements and costs for supplies and equipment. In offering this grant, the Village of Lake Barrington hopes to alleviate the financial burden placed on local restaurants and eateries that have seen a significant drop in sales over the past year and now face a ban on all indoor dining.
“As we head into winter, we are all keenly aware of the significant strain a ban on indoor dining places on our restaurants. For years, these businesses have served as staples of our community and an important revenue generator that supports all Village programs. As we all do our part to stop the spread of this virus, it is important remember our restaurants and eateries and offer needed assistance,” said Lake Barrington Village President, Kevin Richardson. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome all restaurant owners within Lake Barrington to apply for this grant, and we will continue our work in fostering a strong business community. I am confident we will overcome this challenging time, and our businesses and residents will emerge even stronger than we were before.”
Earlier this year the Village took action to ease the financial hardship felt by all businesses by waiving business and liquor licensing fees for the entire fiscal year.
About the Village of Lake Barrington
The Village of Lake Barrington is an oasis of elegant countryside living located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago in the southwest corner of Lake County, Illinois. Known for its high quality of life, ample green space and low taxes, Lake Barrington blends the best of gracious residential living with convenient shopping and restaurants as well as ready access to public transportation and major highways and interstates. Learn more at LakeBarrington.org.