CLINTON — The City of Clinton this week applied to the State of Illinois for financial aid to assist the Clintonia Eagle Theater. The grant would provide operating capital for the company’s theaters in Clinton and Robinson.
The city held a public hearing via conference call on Monday to take public input about the plan to apply for a $25,000 grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
“As everyone knows, this was all brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and what it has done to businesses around the community,” city administrator Tim Followell said.
Followell explained the application would cover both theaters under Clintonia Eagle Corporation. He said the company is allowed to submit only one application.
“It’s a maximum of up to $25,000 determined by the State of Illinois through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,” Followell said.
The two theaters have a total of 13 employees. While most have been temporarily laid off, some employees have been recruited to run snack nights at the theaters. Drive up customers are able to pull up to Clintonia Eagle on specified nights and buy snacks from their cars.
The film production industry currently is at a standstill because of the pandemic.
“Mr. Gubelman has asked the City of Clinton to carry forward the Small Business Stabilization application under the Community Development Block Grant,” Followell said.
No member of the public offered any comments during the hearing.
The 54-page grant application is on display on the city’s website at www.clintonillinois.com.