“Comcast RISE,” is a program designed to help small BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) -owned businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMCAST has announced that Cook County is one of only five locations nationwide participating in the next phase of the program. Winners in this phase will each receive $10,000 grants from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. We’ll award 100 grants in Cook County alone, for a total of $1 million.

The program is open to BIPOC-owned businesses in the county with 25 or fewer employees that have been in operation for three or more years. The application is open from March 1-14. Grant recipients will be announced in April. Businesses can visit to learn more about the program or to apply.

In Phase I, which was open to black-owned businesses and ended right before the 2020 holidays, 50+ companies in the region were awarded an array of services, from technology makeovers to media consultations. Phase II, which closed earlier this month, was the same but was expanded to all small BIPOC-owned businesses.

This is an important opportunity for businesses in Cook County’s under-resourced communities. We hope you’ll help us spread the word by making information about the Comcast RISE Investment Fund grants available to your members in person or via social media, your Website, newsletter or email blast. Click here to read the full local press release and a here for a Chicago Tribune article about the program.

Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched last summer.

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