The successful recovery of small businesses like yours is key to New York State’s future.

Empire State Development is happy to announce 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 the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is NOW OPEN.

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).

For eligibility requirements and more information regarding the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program, please visit

The program is administered by ESD and powered by Lendistry.

The Chamber will help small businesses by providing a free educational webinar that covers all of the basics of the program, answers most FAQ’s about eligibility and application requirements and ultimately provides a good understanding of how this grant program works.

These educational webinars will be offered on the following dates and times:

Monday, October 18th @1:00pm
Monday, October 25th @1:00pm

Thursday Oct. 7th@9:30am
Thursday Oct. 14th@9:30am
Thursday Oct. 21st@9:30am
Thursday Oct. 28th@9:30am

For further information and webinar links, please send a request to: