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 tax credits and grant funding, below. And find a statewide network of centers staffed by people who can walk you through how to apply. See below for details. 

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

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New York State Business Recovery Programs

New York State Small Business Seed Funding Grant Program

$200 million in grant funding to early stage small and micro businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. **Due to the high volume of applications, we are no longer accepting new applications at this time.**
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COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program

$250 million in tax credits to provide financial assistance to New York State small businesses burdened with a range of operational costs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, from structural changes and building upgrades to health-related supplies and materials.
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Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program

$100 million in grant funding to support the rehiring of workers by COVID-impacted tourism businesses.
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Meet in New York Grant Program

$25 million in grant funding to help support the return of conferences, meetings and trade shows that generate significant tourism economic activity through overnight stays, dining and other tourism-related activities.
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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

A $40 million grant fund to encourage and accelerate the development and commercialization of solutions for serious infectious disease threats.
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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. First-round funds are successfully deployed; please check back for updates.
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Federal Assistance Programs

New York State EDA Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant Program

As funded under the federal American Rescue Plan Act Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation grant administered by the Economic Development Administration, the New York State EDA Tourism Partner Sub-Awards Grant Program is being established to support New York State’s tourism industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. **Applications closed on Aug. 23, 2022**
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New York State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

New York State has been awarded more than $500 million in federal SSBCI funding to help small, and traditionally disadvantaged, businesses succeed— with a focus on post-pandemic recovery. Find out more about ESD's SSBCI programs.
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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.