As part of the company’s COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, Ameren Illinois is accepting applications from small businesses that are having difficulty paying their energy bills.  Now through June 30, qualifying customers can apply for a one-time grant, up to $500, to be applied to their Ameren Illinois electric account.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted, or at the company’s discretion. Here is the general criteria:

  • Small Business:
    • 50 or less full-time employees
    • Independently owned and operated
    • Principal office is in Illinois
  • Active Ameren Illinois electric customer
  • Experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic

To be considered, businesses must have an active, non-residential account, 50 or fewer full-time employees, and a principal office in Illinois. Eligible businesses may include, but are not limited to: small commercial enterprises, restaurants, clothing stores, hair salons, flower shops, and fitness facilities. Eligible non-profits may include, but are not limited to: schools, day cares, senior centers, religious organizations, community organizations, and charitable organizations.

Grant recipients will have the funds applied to their Ameren Illinois electric account. To apply, visit or call the Ameren Illinois Business Center at 800.232.2477.

Here is a link to the Ameren Illinois payment assistance page where you can access the business hardship application.