Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative

Grants, Tax Credits, and Technical Assistance Programs for Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Helping NYS Businesses Build Back

We’re here to help New York State’s small businesses reimagine, rebuild and renew. Find out more about our Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative programs—including $800 million in state funding for small businesses—and about rental assistance for tenants. And find a statewide network of centers staffed by people who can walk you through how to apply. See below for details. 

If you’re looking for residential rental assistance, please visit the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) for more information on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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Find the Pandemic Business Recovery Initiative Programs That Are Right for Your Business

Please fill out the form below, answering all of the questions. After you tap the “Filter Programs” button, scroll down to see a list of filtered programs your business might be eligible for.

New York State Business Recovery Programs


Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

$800 million in funding for small businesses - including for-profit arts and cultural institutions that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Restaurant Resiliency Program

$25 million in grant funding to support restaurants that provide meals to distressed and under-represented communities.
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Restaurant Return-To-Work Tax Credit

For small, independently owned restaurants within New York City or any area in New York State designated by the NYS Department of Health as either an Orange or a Red zone for at least 30 consecutive days.
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New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit

For for-profit productions that will take place on a qualified stage with seating of at least 500 seats. $100 million in tax credits to jump start the entertainment industry and support tourism activity in New York City.
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New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund

$40 million dedicated for a life science-specific initiative to capitalize on New York’s research and development assets and expertise in life sciences, biotechnology, and biodefense.
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New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is an economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small residential landlords.
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Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be opening soon. Find out how you can get help with past due rent.
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Federal Assistance Programs


SBA Restaurant Revitalization Funding Program

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Businesses can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or through an SBA online application portal.
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SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The SBA Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant includes over $16 billion in grants to eligible shuttered live venues, movie theaters, performing arts organizations, museums and certain other entertainment entities.
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

Provides small businesses and nonprofits with low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help overcome other financial losses due to COVID-19.
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Organizations Available to Assist Businesses  

New York has a statewide community network of organizations available to provide technical assistance to help guide your business through program applications.

COVID-19 Business Mentor NY Volunteer Task Force

New York State and business leaders have partnered to enlist industry volunteers to help businesses with guidance on SBA loan applications.

New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership

Support services for small businesses to renegotiate their lease and avoid eviction.