Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program
The Pandemic Small Business Assistance Grant Program provides funding to small and micro businesses who experienced losses due to COVID-19.
New York State's $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides grants of up to $50,000 to COVID-19 impacted small and micro businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations that are incorporated in New York State or licensed/registered to do business in New York State.
This program closed as of September 30, 2022, and grant awards are no longer available. Funding for this Program was limited, and the number of applicants that met the eligibility requirements exceeded the available funds.
Eligible applicants must have 2019 or 2020 annual gross receipts between $25,000 and $2,500,000 and have 100 employees or fewer. Further, applicants must have begun operation on or before 3/1/19 and continue to be in operation as of the date of application.
The grants can be used for business operating expenses incurred between 3/1/20 and 4/1/21, including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities and PPE. Additionally, eligible applicants may have received or been awarded the following federal assistance:
Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $250,000 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 Operators Grant
Please keep in mind that businesses that received awards from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant program are not eligible, and that grants awarded under this program may not be used to re-pay any portion of a federal COVID-19 recovery loan or any NYS business assistance programs.
Required documents will include the business’ 2019 and 2020 tax returns, most recent NYS-45 form, information on those who have 20% or more ownership interest, proof of location and operation (eg. lease, utility bill, bank statement), and proof of business organization (eg. articles of incorporation, certificate of assumed name/DBA).
For more information on grant calculations, documentation requirements, and eligible expenses check out the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program website. Business owners can also reach out to the call center (877) 721-0097 with questions.