COVID-19 Resource Center: Learn About COVID Small Business Loans & More

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Disaster and recovery funding options

Loan and grant programs are available for businesses impacted by COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here are the programs and COVID small business loans that are currently available:

SBA relief programs

Other national disaster and recovery funding programs

  • COVID-19 Relief on IFundWomen: Supporting women entrepreneurs has always been IFW’s #1 priority. From grants to free coaching to daily encouragement, they are working overtime to help women-led small businesses weather the storm. Learn more about their funding and support options here.
  • Hello Alice is a COVID-19 Resource Center that assists 360,000 business owners in navigating the new normal with access to funding, e-learning guides, and mentorship. They provide access to all owners including women, people of color, Military-Connected owners, the LGBTQ+ community, entrepreneurs with disabilities, and everyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. Find more information here.
  • iFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 rewards and celebrates women entrepreneurs who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses. Qualified entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win a $100,000 equity investment, access to premium educational resources, and cash grants. Applications will be accepted through June 8, 2022. Get more information and apply here
  • The Amber Grant Foundation, founded by WomensNet, is giving away at least $10,000 every month to honor the memory of a very special young woman, Amber Wigdah. Rolling applications are due at the end of every month. Learn more and apply here.
  • The Small Business Relief Fund: Powered by GoFundMe in partnership with Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, GoDaddy and, this fund offers up to $500 in grants for businesses that raise $500 in funding through the GoFundMe platform. More information is available here.

NYC disaster funding programs

  • Bring Back Brooklyn Fund Loan and Grant Program: Brooklyn Alliance Capital, Inc. provides financing to under-served minority and immigrant entrepreneurs and low-income small business owners to increase financial stability and foster economic growth that will create jobs in Brooklyn. Get more information and apply here. 
  • Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. View more information and apply here.

Other Local & Regional Funding Programs

New York

  • Consolidated Funding Application: As part of New York’s transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process. Learn more about ongoing CFA projects and how to apply here.
  • FAST NY Shovel-Ready Grant Program: ESD will provide up to $200 million in grants to prepare and develop sites statewide to jumpstart New York’s shovel-readiness and increase its attractiveness to large employers, including high-tech and semiconductor projects and other manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and logistics businesses. More information about the program is available here.
  • Global NY Grant Fund Program: ESD is providing grants of up to $25,000 to help companies start exporting or increase their global exports. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to not-for-profit organizations that provide export assistance and trade education to New York State companies. Learn more about the program and apply here.
  • Meet in New York Grant Program incentivizes the return of conferences, meetings and trade shows that generate significant tourism economic activity (e.g., overnight stays, dining and other tourism activities) by covering a portion of the cost of event-based discounts at conference spaces and partnering hotels. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2022. Learn more and apply today.
  • NYS Recovery Grant Program offers grants up to $50,000 to small businesses in New York State that have faced economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up for a one-on-one session with a Pursuit team member to learn more about the program and receive support with your application! Additional program details are available here.
  • ReCharge NY: Qualifying businesses and nonprofits can potentially lower their energy costs by using specially allocated NYPA power which is set aside by the state government and the NYPA board for economic support. Companies receiving allocated power have made commitments such as remaining in the state, keeping or growing employment, expanding operations, and/or making significant local investments in their businesses. Learn more and apply here.
  • Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program: This $35 million program provides an incentive to COVID-impacted restaurants to bring restaurant staff back-to-work, and to increase hiring at NYS restaurants. Qualifying businesses are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 per new worker hired, up-to $50,000 per business. Program details are available here.
  • Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program supports employment growth among businesses that attract and support tourism and suffered economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will provide a financial incentive for businesses to hire workers, as well as financial assistance. The application deadline is June 30, 2022. Learn more and apply here
  • Cattaraugus County:
    • Microenterprise Development Loan Fund creates opportunity for the establishment and expansion of microenterprise business, to promote employment opportunities for low to moderate income residents, and to preserve and expand the county’s tax base. They’re offering term loans to qualifying businesses for machinery, equipment, fixed assets, inventory, capital improvement, and/or working capital. Learn more and apply here.
  • Chautauqua County: 
    • CCIDA CARES Loan will provide loans of no less than $25,000 and not exceeding $1 million, and working capital loans of up to $250,000. The interest rate is fixed at 2.44% (the lowest allowed), and the funding can be used for capital improvements, machinery, equipment, inventory, and working capital expenditures with loan terms to match the useful life of the pledged asset. Learn more and apply here
    • Jamestown Renaissance Vibrant Downtown Grants: Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is focused on business development throughout downtown Jamestown. They’re offering business incentives for new and existing business located in the downtown core. View grant options and apply today! 
    • Permit Fee Relief Program for Businesses: Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), this program will help pay permit fees for facilities regulated by the Division of Environmental Health Services whose business was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available here
  • Erie County:
    • Microenterprise Grant/Loan Program offers $5,000 to $35,000 for working capital or the purchase of machinery and equipment to start or grow your small business. The first payment can be deferred for six months. More information and the application is available here.
    • Storefront Revitalization Program provides grant funds to eligible businesses throughout Erie County that may have lost revenue during the COVID pandemic, assisting them with exterior façade upgrades and improvements that will help to attract new customers, business, and revenue. Grants of up to $40,000 will be made available per business. More information about the program and application process is available here
    • ErieNET creates a foundation to address the broadband needs of unserved areas, improve services in underserved areas of the community and enable world class broadband investment and deployment county wide. The fiber optic backbone will be owned by the county but managed and controlled by ErieNet, a not-for-profit local development corporation (LDC). ErieNet will be open for any viable entity to use or provide services to support broadband technologies and services. Get more information about the program here
    • WEDI’s Microloans program is tailored to meet the needs of entrepreneurs seeking small amounts of capital ($500-$20,000) who lack access to traditional financial institutions. WEDI provides extensive pre-loan assistance and financial education/coaching to entrepreneurs and partners with other regional CDFIs such as Pursuit to offer larger participation or expansion loans to clients who require greater amounts of capital. More information about the loan program and application process is available here.
  • Genesee County:
    • Microenterprise Loan Program assists in the establishment, expansion, and retention of small businesses in the county. Eligible borrowers must be micro-enterprise business owners. Funds may be used for any legitimate business purpose including, but not limited to, capital equipment, inventory, working capital, and expansion/improvement of commercial space. Learn more about the program and apply here
  • Monroe County:
    • Monroe County Emergency Small Business Support Program: This funding will be made available in the form of a forgivable working capital loan provided to small businesses to cover day-to-day operating expenses including, payroll, rent/mortgage payments, and utilities. These funds are targeted to serving suburban Monroe County businesses, and the maximum grant amount is $25,000. Learn more and apply here
    • Small Business Matching Grant Program provides matching grants of up to $8,000 for advertising, technology, alarm systems, and more. Retail and select consumer services with annual gross revenues of $5 million or less, operating in accordance with Zoning regulations are eligible to apply. Learn more about the program and apply here
  • North Country: 
    • North Country Alliance: Loans of up to $25,000 at 5% interest are available to businesses in the following counties: Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton. View the program fact sheet and application information.
  • Rochester: 
    • KIVA Rochester Small Business Aid: The KIVA Rochester crowdfunding platform is offering interest-free loans up to $15,000. Learn more here.
  • Westchester and Long Island:
    • The Coronavirus Financial Impact Loan Program provides interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 to residents who are facing financial challenges caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. View more information here.
  • Wyoming County: 
    • Re-Start Wyoming Loan Program provides assistance to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis and to help “re-start” their businesses as governmental orders restricting business operations are eased or lifted. Get more information and apply here.

How to request a deferral for your Pursuit loan

We are working with existing Pursuit clients on a case-by-case basis to potentially modify and/or defer payments on loans to provide immediate cash flow savings. If you are a current Pursuit client requesting a deferral, please submit an online request here. If you have loans with other lenders, we encourage you to contact them directly about payment assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our list of Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Resources. There you can find answers to common COVID small business loan questions. 

Other COVID-19 resources

General Resources


Regional and Local Resources

New York – Statewide

  • NYS businesses can receive assistance completing applications for the SBA Economic Injury Loan Program through their local Small Business Development Center. You can schedule an appointment on the SBDC website.

New York – New York City

New York - Capital Region

New York - Greater Binghamton

New Jersey

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