NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Opens

Empire State Development has announced that the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, which was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in New York that have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now open. The program is administered by ESD and powered by Lendistry.

Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019:

  • Annual gross receipts = $25,000-$49,999: $5,000/business;
  • Annual gross receipts = $50,000-$99,999: $10,000/business; and
  • Annual gross receipts = $100,000-$500,000: 10% of gross receipts (max grant is $50,000).

Eligible Use of Grant Funds – The grants must be used for COVID-19 related losses or expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.  These include:

  • Payroll costs
  • Commercial rent or mortgage payments for NYS-based property (but not any rent or mortgage prepayments)
  • Payment of local property or school taxes associated with a small business location in NYS
  • Insurance costs
  • Utility costs
  • Costs of personal protection equipment (PPE) necessary to protect worker and consumer health and safety
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) costs
  • Other machinery or equipment costs
  • Supplies and materials necessary for compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • Other documented COVID-19 costs as approved by Empire State Development

 Ineligible Uses of Funds – Grants awarded under the program may not be used to re-pay or pay down any portion of a loan obtained through a federal COVID-19 relief package for business assistance or any New York State business assistance programs.

For eligibility requirements and more information regarding the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program, and to begin your application, please visit www.nysmallbusinessrecovery.com