The purpose of the Downtown Retail Business Grant Program (hereinafter the “Program”) is to increase the economic viability of Downtown Lombard by attracting targeted retail businesses and assisting existing businesses in the Eligible TIF Districts. The program will offer a 50% matching grant for eligible expenditures associated with helping the start-up of new retail businesses or the expansion of existing retail businesses. Priority will be given to businesses that best complement the Eligible TIF Districts retail mix and help strengthen existing retail clusters. Grant monies derive from TIF funds, and therefore priority will be given to businesses with projected tangible benefits to the TIF area.
To apply, you will first need to have a preliminary meeting with the Department of Community Development. For more information, please consult the instructions, application, and Downtown Retail Business Grant Program Application Policy.
Eligible TIF Districts
The Program will only be offered to businesses located within the Lombard Downtown TIF District or the Lombard St. Charles Road TIF District I (West). An existing business in Lombard that is outside of the TIF boundaries would not be eligible for funds unless it opens an additional location within the boundaries of the Eligible TIF Districts.