** Updated October 19, 2021 **
We have compiled the following list of available funding resources to help our small business clients navigate the unprecedented challenges caused by the current crisis. The list - and programs listed - are subject to change given the evolving situation. We attempt to provide regularly updated information.
Federal and NY State Programs
The COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is open through December 31, 2021. EIDL loans are available for up to $2M and have maturities of up to 30 years. Pricing is 3.75% for businesses, 2.75% for nonprofits.
- Those interested should apply online at the SBA site.
- Businesses that received an EIDL prior to April 7, 2021 can contact the SBA to request a loan increase
- Application status can be checked and questions directed to the Disaster Center: 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should record the unique application number received once the application is completed to use for any questions or to track status; any communication from the SBA should include this number.
Non-Covid disaster loans: The EIDL program is not not just for Covid; it was originally created to help small businesses in the event of disaster. As such, businesses impacted by Hurricane Ida may be eligible for a non-Covid EIDL Loan.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has now closed. While a forgiveness application is not required until the maturity of the loan (typically 5 years), businesses that received a PPP loan should plan to apply for forgiveness within 16 months of the original receipt of funds to avoid the risk of being charged interest on amounts ultimately forgiven. Businesses should apply directly with their PPP lender or directly at the SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal. PPP recipients seeking more information can refer to our guide to Applying for PPP Forgiveness.
The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides grants to New York small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in operation as of March 1, 2019
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) will offer loans to small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the Covid-19 PAUSE. Organizations with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees that have not received PPP or EIDL loans for Covid-19 are eligible. The program will offer 5-year loans at 3% interest for businesses, 2% for nonprofits; loans are interest-only for the first year.
The NYC LMI Storefront Loan, an interest-free loan up to $100,000 to help storefront businesses located in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas of New York City restart or continue operations after experiencing challenges from COVID-19. Eligible borrowers must be located in designated zipcodes, have been in business since January 1, 2018, be cash flow positive & all owners of 20% or more must have credit scores of at least 625
For restaurants, the state offers Restaurant Resiliency Program grants for restaurants that choose to provide meals and food to people within distressed or under-represented communities. There is also a Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit to help reemploy staff.
The Empire State Development website offers a matching tool to help businesses and other organizations identify programs for which they may be eligible
The NYC Business website provides a centralized source of licensing, resource and service information, as well as a customizable dashboard to help new and existing NYC businesses
The Global NY Fund is open to NYS-based companies looking to create or expand export programs or serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Loans are available to purchase equipment, inventory, working capital to support foreign accounts receivable, export lines or credit, or long-term financing
New York’s Shared Work Program lets companies keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible. Companies can apply online through the NY Department of Labor.
A public/private partnership, the NYC Small Business Resource center will connect eligible small businesses with specialists to provide assistance in technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, procurement opportunities, marketing, sources of loans and grants, and more.
The New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership will provide small businesses with pro bono legal assistance from its network of more than 1,000 attorneys to renegotiate their lease terms in the wake of Covid-19. The Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership website includes information on the lease renegotiation process and details the different types of lease workouts available to help small businesses cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Those interested in pro bono assistance can complete the partnership's intake form to be matched with a volunteer attorney.
WE Legal provides women entrepreneurs a range of support and services that target negotiation and legal protection.
Other Loan and Grant Programs
SBA loans: many lenders are re-energizing traditional loan programs, including microloans, 7A (typical business loans) and 504 loans (for property and equipment).
- For businesses seeking $50K or less, an SBA microloan may be an option. Many Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are offering microloans at attractive rates.
- Many lenders offer specialized products for veterans or MWBE-certified businesses doing business with the Government.
- The SBA Lender Match Tool can help find a lender.
Other loan programs include:
Hebrew Free Loan Society Small Business Loan Program provides interest-free loans of up to $50,000 to low- and moderate-income residents of New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island to help launch or expand a business.
The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp (BOEDC) is offering zero-interest, 2-year Business Continuity Loans of $25-100K.
Crowdfunding may be an option for many businesses:
- Rewards crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo or iFundWomen can help provide funding to launch or grow products or services
- Debt crowdfunding, such as Kiva or Mainvest can provide crowdsourced debt for many businesses
The SoGal Foundation’s Black Founder Startup Grant offers Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs $5K or $10K grants, as well as fundraising assistance and “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The Zakat Fund is offering support to 501(c)(3) organizations working to support residents of the NYC metropolitan area
Industry-Specific, Resource and Other Business Listings
NYC offers a range of Covid-19 guidance for business owners, including a tool to check which phase of reopening your business belongs to, business and restaurant reopening guidelines, FAQs and links to webinars and other resources
CovidCap, launched by Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, provides a centralized listing of Covid-related loans and grants for small business and nonprofits. Registration is required. GrantSpace has also compiled a searchable database of Covid-relief programs and other resources
Both the NY State Council on the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts provide grants and other resources for artists. Other resources for artists include Comedy Gives Back, the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Writers Emergency Assistance Fund, the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Covid-19 Relief, the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s FCA Emergency Grant Covid-19 Fund. The Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resource offers a crowdsourced list
The AICPA Benevolent Fund provides short-term assistance for members experiencing difficulty due to unemployment, accidents, medical expenses, natural disaster or the loss of a primary source of family income
This list of resources for unemployed New Yorkers outlines sources of assistance with food, housing, student loans and other issues
Running a business is always stressful and these are particularly anxious times. Anyone needing assistance with stress, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse can call, text or chat with NYC Well for free, confidential mental health support.