Business Assistance and Incentive Programs

8000N_LincolnGroundbreaking_5_10_2018_265 copySkokie offers three assistance programs available to businesses dependent on qualifications.

Click on the program names below to determine whether they are right for your business.

Have you been in business in Skokie prior to January 2019? 
Do you have a Certification of Occupancy or an equivalent business license from the Village of Skokie?

If you answered yes to the above questions and your business is woman-owned, minority-owned and/or low-income, you may be eligible for the Skokie Emerging/Start-up Business Assistance (SESBA)

The Village of Skokie has allocated funds under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to assist Skokie-based businesses (particularly business owners who qualify as women-owned, minority-owned, and/or as low-income) who have been negatively impacted by closures, revenue loss or disproportionate economic hardships in their growth or establishment due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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Questions? Contact Justin Malone, Neighborhood & Housing Coordinator at (847) 933-8411

Application Process

  • Funding for all programs are paid as a rebate upon completion of the work. 
  • Under no circumstances are monies paid up front prior to any work beginning. 
  • All applications must be approved in writing from the Village of Skokie and in advance of any work commencing. 
  • Applications must be dated, include a description of the business and the intended improvements.
  • The application also must include before photos and two bids for all intended improvements other than architectural/design fees.

Next Steps and Questions?

For more details on these programs or to apply for assistance, please contact the Economic Vitality division at 847-933-8447 or e-mail