This page is being updated in live time with new information and resources for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis as it becomes available; please check back for updates.
Disaster funding options
Loan and grant programs have started to become available for businesses impacted by COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information on these programs is becoming available on a daily basis; please check back frequently for information. Here are the programs that are currently available:
National disaster funding programs
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) – SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The Paycheck Protection Loan Program provides up to 2.5x your average monthly payroll. PPP loans of up to $350,000 are available through Pursuit. Learn more.
- IRS Employee Retention Credit: The Treasury Department and the IRS announced the new Employee Retention Credit to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. More information is available here.
- Thryv Foundation’s Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program: Qualifying small business applicants can apply for grants from $2,000 to $15,000 through this program. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and applications are open until April 30.
- The Red Backpack Fund will make 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. for COVID-19 relief. Get more information and apply here.
- The Small Business Relief Fund: Powered by GoFundMe in partnership with Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, GoDaddy and Bill.com, this fund offers up to $500 in grants for businesses that raise $500 in funding through the GoFundMe platform. More information is available here.
- The Save Small Business Fund: offers $5,000 grants to small businesses nationwide. Learn more here.
- Facebook: is offering businesses impacted by COVID-19 grants. Learn more here.
- Save Small Business Grant Fund: The Save small Business fund is offering $5,000 grants to businesses in qualifying areas. Learn more and apply here.
- Business For All Grant Fund: Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Learn more and apply here.
- Restaurant Strong Grant Fund: Aids individuals who were employed full-time at a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub and impacted by COVID-19 closures. Learn more and apply here.
- Salesforce Care Small Business Grants: Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer grants up to $10,000 to eligible small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. More information is available here.
NYC disaster funding programs
- NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program Due to overwhelming interest in this program, NYC SBS has paused application intake. If you would like to be notified of new assistance programs as they become available, you can sign up for NYC SBS updates 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
NY Forward Loan Fund
Pursuit is proud to be participating as a lender in the New York Forward Loan Fund. If you are interested in learning about eligibility requirements or applying for a loan, please go to NYLoanFund.com for full program details. Pre-applications will open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time and will only be available on the NYLoanFund.com site.
Other Local & Regional Funding Programs
- New Jersey (statewide): The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) announced two programs to support businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. These include:
- The Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant program, which will provide up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based businesses with 1 – 10 full-time equivalent employees. Apply here.
- The Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan program, which will provide working capital loans up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenue. You can check if you business is eligible here NJEDA has released a pdf of the application in advance to help you prepare. Applications will open on April 13, 2020.
- Binghamton: Zero-interest loans up to $15,000 are available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees through the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC). Payments are deferred for 12 months. To qualify, businesses must demonstrate a reduction in workforce, customer access, production or other operations due to coronavirus. Businesses can access the application online at BLDC’s website.
- Broome County: The Broome County Emergency Loan Fund offers loans to businesses in Broome County with no principal and interest payments for 12 months. More information is available here and questions may be directed to Tom Gray at (607) 584-9000 or [email protected].
- Erie County: The Erie County Industrial Agency’s RDC is offering disaster relief business loans to qualified Erie County businesses affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000 at an interest rate of 2.5%. More information is available here. To apply, call 716-856-6252, ext. 219.
- Monroe County: A small-business emergency loan program is available through Monroe County to provide businesses with up to $10,000 in no-interest funding in seven days. Businesses in a broad range of industries with fewer than 50 employees can qualify. Program instructions and applications are available on the Monroe County website and applications can be submitted to [email protected].
- North Country: 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.
- Business Emergency Retention Grant: Through this program, businesses can apply for grants up to $2,000 for working capital to continue operations and pay employees. More information is available here.
- City of Rochester and REDCO Request for 90-Day Loan Deferral: Business owners that have current loans with the City of Rochester and/or REDCO may request a deferral through the above links.
- 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.
- Pennsylvania (statewide): The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) is offering the Working Capital Access Program, which will provide working capital loans up to $100,000 directly to small businesses. Additional information, including how to apply, is available here.
- Philadelphia, PA: The City of Philadelphia and the PIDC have stopped accepting applications for the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund as of 5 p.m. on March 30. Applications will still be accepted for the microloan enterprise grant program, and more information is available 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.
If you have an SBA 7(a), 504, Community Advantage or Microloan in regular servicing status, SBA will pay your loan for a 6 month period beginning with any payment due on/after March 27, 2020. Please review the details of this benefit here before deciding to request a loan deferral.
Frequently Asked Questions
Other COVID-19 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 - Greater Binghamton