Illinois offers $5M in grants for meat and poultry producers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have announced a $5 million grant program for meat and poultry producers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Livestock and poultry producers have been hit hard with being unable to sell to processors, which have seen plant closures as a result of COVID-19.

The grants are part of the Business Interruption Grants program which relies on federal coronavirus relief funds to help small businesses. More than $49 million has been distributed already. Applications are available online through October 31.