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Grants to New York Businesses to Mitigate Losses and
Expenses Related to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

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New York State Empire State Development (ESD) and Lendistry

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09/30/22 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants of $5,000, grants of $10,000, and grants of up to $50,000 to New York businesses and for-profit organizations to mitigate financial hardship related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding may be requested to offset losses or expenses related to the pandemic that were incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Priority will be given to socially and economically disadvantaged business owners including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, and veteran-owned businesses, or businesses located in communities that were economically distressed prior to March 1, 2020, as determined by the most recent Census data.

The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196807

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’s annual gross receipts for 2019.
- Annual gross receipts: $25,000 – $49,999.99: Award is $5,000 / business
- Annual gross receipts: $50,000 – $99,999.99: Award is $10,000 / business
- Annual gross receipts: $100,000 – $2,500,000: Award is 10% of gross receipts (maximum grant is $50,000)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Small businesses, Micro-businesses and For-profit independent arts and cultural organizations (collectively, “Eligible Applicants”) must be currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019 and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (may be shuttered due to COVID restrictions).

Eligible Applicants will be required to show loss of gross receipts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols which resulted in business modifications, interruptions, or closures.

Important Note: The eligibility requirements for this Program have been updated as of 09.14.22, and applicants will no longer need to demonstrate at least a twenty-five percent (25%) loss in annual gross receipts in a year-to-year revenue comparison as of December 31, 2020 to the same period in 2019, in each case, as reflected on Grantee’s 2019 and 2020 filed federal tax returns, including any 2020 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment.

Small businesses and Micro-businesses must:

1. Have 2019 or 2020 Gross Receipts of between $25,000 and $2,500,000 per annum

line 1a, IRS Form 1120 or 1065;
line 1, IRS Form 1040 Schedule C
sum of line 1a + line 2, IRS Form 1040 Schedule F

2. Demonstrate that the total business expenses on the 2020 business income return are greater than the grant amounts.

Total expenses calculation versus proposed grant amount will be based on business expenses reported on 2020 federal tax return submitted by the applicant.

3. Not have qualified for business grant assistance programs under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or any other available federal COVID-19 economic recovery or business assistance grant programs, including loans forgiven under the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or are unable to obtain sufficient business assistance from such federal programs.

- Eligible Applicants may have received or been awarded the following federal assistance:
- Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $250,000 [UPDATED ON 08.25.21] or less.
- COVID-19 EIDL Advance Grant of $10,000 or less.
- COVID-19 EIDL Supplemental Targeted Advance Grant of $5,000 or less.
- SBA Shuttered Venue Operator Grant.

Ineligible Businesses
- All Non-Profits, Churches and other religious institutions
- Government-owned entities or elected official offices
- Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
- Businesses that received awards from the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program
- Landlords and passive real estate businesses
- Illegal businesses or enterprises
- Other industry or business types as specified 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.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications in progress must be fully completed with all required documents and banking information uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2022, to be considered for a grant.

The program will last until the funding is exhausted. Due to a limited amount of funding and the high volume of requests expected, your business type, geography and industry may factor into your ability to receive a grant.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For help, contact the Call Center: 877-721-0097

Normal Call Center Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Special Hours:
Saturday, June 12th: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Monday, July 5th: CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

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