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Grants to New York City Small Businesses to Mitigate the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Neighborhood Business Grant (NBG)

GrantWatch ID# 191754
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Citizens Committee for New York City (CitizensNYC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/16/23
Deadline: 01/30/23 12:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to New York City small businesses to mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to help promote business continuity. Preference will be given to businesses owned by people of color, women, and immigrants. Eligible applicants are those that give back to the community they serve.
The impact of the pandemic on the small business community is not only severe, but long-reaching. Businesses are currently faced with inflated rent, fractured supply chains, and cost of business increases. 
Grant Goal: To award grants to fill gaps in funding by prioritizing businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women. While small businesses have kept their doors open, there is a significant need for assistance to fund business continuity. This period of recovery is a pivotal point to keep going. CitizensNYC understands that businesses are essential in the fabric of communities. CitizensNYC looks for businesses that frame the way they give back to the community they serve. For example, is the business providing hiring opportunities for community members? Does the business donate food to local community? Proposals that focus on both physical and human infrastructure will be prioritized (technical system upgrades, location alterations, hiring support, marketing, training, PPE, etc.). CitizensNYC makes grants to barber shops, restaurants, food carts, vegetable stands, eCommerce and other neighborhood businesses. Unlike many financial opportunities currently available to businesses, this program will provide grants rather than loans.
CitizensNYC does not dictate how the grant is used; however, it encourages usage for items such as technology upgrades, safety build out to protect employees and customers and marketing to drive traffic to your business.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
- Generating revenue as of January 2020
- Based in one of the five boroughs of NYC
- 10 or less employees
- For-profit business
- Provided proof of business, such as bank statements, tax documents and POS terminal statement

A Sole Proprietorship is a formally organized business structure, and can therefore apply. Franchises will be considered.

Preference will be given to businesses that are:
- Owned by people of color, immigrants, or women.
- Owned by low- and moderate-income residents.
- In need of funding to sustain business operations.

Pre-Proposal Conference
2023 NBG Application Information Sessions - sign up below:

Info Session with CitizensNYC - Jan 5th @ 5pm

Info Session with CitizensNYC - Jan 10th @ 5pm

Info Session with with CM Carlina Rivera and AM Ed Gibbs - Jan 16th @ 5pm

Pre-Application Information
- Attend an Info Session: October - January
- Apply By: January 30 at 12pm
- Hear Back Around: May Awarded or Decline
- Grant Disbursed If Awarded: June

Neighborhood Business Information Session recording:

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants will receive:
- Grants up to $10,000
- Updates on available resources for small businesses.
- Be connected with other Neighborhood Business Grant recipients to exchange information and strategies for resilience.
- Join a network of groups across the city, contributing year-round to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Email to learn more.

Citizens Committee for New York City
30 East 125th Street, #189
New York, NY 10035

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