Two McLean County hotels are now among the 708 businesses set to receive highly competitive emergency hospitality grants from the state.
The DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington and the Super 8 motel in McLean were chosen in a lottery to receive grants, according to a list provided Monday by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. They join four restaurants and bars in Bloomington-Normal that were previously announced as recipients.
The 708 businesses were chosen by lottery from 12,000 applicants. They will split $14 million in small grants. Bars and restaurants will receive an average grant of $14,000, while hotels will get an average grant of $30,000.
A DCEO spokesperson said many of the businesses on Monday’s list still need to agree to various terms and conditions to receive the money.
Awards for the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program were drawn from existing DCEO funds budgeted for tourism promotion, job training, and general operations.
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