City doles out recovery grants to local business groups
by Benjamin Fang
Jan 27, 2021 | 2591 views | 0 0 comments | 225 225 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has awarded over $750,000 in grants to local business groups.

The Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant began accepting applications in November. The program was designed to provide recovery support and strengthen the city’s commercial corridors.

The initiative builds on other SBS programs such as Avenue NYC, Neighborhood 360 grants and the Storefront Improvement Program.

“Our work with neighborhood nonprofits will revitalize our most impacted commercial corridors,” said SBS Commissioner Jonnel Doris, “and implement an equitable approach to support small businesses in a post-COVID-19 economy.”

Awardees in Brooklyn include the Alliance for Coney Island, Brooklyn Alliance serving Bushwick and Canarsie, Brooklyn Chinese American Association, Evergreen, and Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, which serves Sunset Park.

In Queens, the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID), REMA 4 US, and Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation received the grant.

The selected nonprofits will use the grant money to conduct merchant organizing, provide technical assistance and increase awareness of city rules and regulations for the small businesses in the 38 target neighborhoods, SBS said.

The neighborhoods were chosen in alignment with the city’s Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force.

According to SBS, the grants will be distributed in two phases, with the $750,000 allocation serving as the first phase. Applications for the second phase opened on January 25 and will close on February 8.

The second phase is expected to target neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville in Brooklyn, and Briarwood, Corona and Queensbridge in Queens.

“As we continue to recover from this pandemic, it is imperative that we all work together to bring our small businesses back,” said Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson, who co-chairs the Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force. “These grants will help local nonprofits increase the impact of their work in the communities they serve.”
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