- Maximum $5,000 grant
- Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) are encouraged to apply.
Per the New York Forward reopening guidance, an "outdoor space" is defined as an open-air space designated for the consumption of food and/or beverage, which may have a temporary or fixed cover (e.g. awning or roof) so long as such cover has at least two open sides for airflow. Within such outdoor space, all tables with seats must be at least six feet from any other table, seat, patron, or pedestrian thoroughfare or corridor; provided, however, if a bar or restaurant seeks to use contiguous public space (e.g. sidewalk) pursuant to Executive Order 202.38, the applicable local municipality, if allowing such usage, may determine alternative spacing of tables from pedestrian thoroughfares or corridors upon a consideration of the volume of pedestrian traffic on sidewalks, availability of sidewalk space, and avoidance of unnecessary congestion, or alternatively, the local municipality may require the bar or restaurant to erect a physical barrier of at least five feet in height if six feet of distance cannot be maintained between tables and a pedestrian thoroughfare or corridor.
In accordance with the State's Cluster Action Initiative, restaurants located in Yellow and Orange Zones are subject to additional restrictions, and restaurants located in Red Zones may offer only take-out and delivery.
Allowable Uses of Grant funds:
Grants are supplied on a reimbursement basis. Improvements/equipment that will allow the business to comply with social distancing guidelines, and/or expand take-out/delivery operations, or accommodate outdoor dining (e.g., plexiglass barriers/partitions, signage promoting social distancing/hygiene protocols, heaters, heat lamps, weatherization upgrades, insulated delivery bags). Improvements that will allow the business to continue operating through the winter months (e.g., filtration system upgrades, food heaters to maintain temperature for to-go orders). Purchase of PPE and sanitation supplies. COVID-19 related business improvements like patio heaters or contactless technology. Purchases and expenditures must be from September 1, 2020 onwards to be eligible.