The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program 2021

The New York (NY) State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program 2021

Applications are now open for The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. New York (NY) small business grant was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’s annual gross receipts for 2019 (see below for more information). Grant amounts and calculations are subject to change by Empire State Development.

  • Annual gross receipts: $25,000 – $49,999.99: Award is $5,000 / business
  • Annual gross receipts: $50,000 – $99,999.99: Award is $10,000 / business
  • Annual gross receipts: $100,000 – $2,500,000 [UPDATED 08.25.21]: Award is 10% of gross receipts (maximum grant is $50,000)

The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program 2021 Eligibility

Eligible Business Qualifications

Small businesses, Micro-businesses, and For-profit independent arts and cultural organizations (collectively, “Eligible Applicants”) must be currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (maybe shuttered due to COVID restrictions). See the FAQ section below for definitions of business categories above.

Eligible Applicants will be required to show loss of gross receipts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols which resulted in business modifications, interruptions, or closures.

Small businesses and Micro-businesses must:

1. Have 2019 or 2020 Gross Receipts of between $25,000 and $2,500,000 [UPDATED 08.25.21] per annum

  • line 1a, IRS Form 1120 or 1065;
  • line 1, IRS Form 1040 Schedule C
  • sum of line 1a + line 2, IRS Form 1040 Schedule F

2. Demonstrate positive net profit on 2019 Business Return ($1 or greater)

  • line 28, IRS Form 1120 (line 21, IRS Form 1120S);
  • line 22, IRS Form 1065; or
  • line 31, IRS Form 1040 Schedule C; or
  • line 34, IRS Form 1040 Schedule F

3. Demonstrate at least a twenty-five percent (25%) loss in annual gross receipts in a year-to-year revenue comparison as of December 31, 2020 to the same period in 2019, in each case, as reflected on Grantee’s 2019 and 2020 filed federal tax returns,  including any 2020 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment [UPDATED 08.25.21].

  • Loss to be calculated based on the difference between line 1a on IRS Form 1120 or 1065 (line 1 on IRS Form 1040 Schedule C), or the sum of line 1a + line 2 on IRS Form 1040 Schedule F reported on 2019 federal tax return and line 1a on IRS Form 1120 or 1065 (line 1 on IRS Form 1040 Schedule C), or the sum of line 1a + line 2 on IRS Form 1040 Schedule F reported on the 2020 federal tax return (in each case covering the same period). The calculated value must show a reduction of 25% year over year. Businesses with a partial tax year in 2019 will calculate a 25% loss based on the comparable number of months in 2020.

4. Demonstrate that the total business expenses on the 2020 business income return are greater than the grant amounts.

  • Total expenses calculation versus proposed grant amount will be based on business expenses reported on 2020 federal tax return submitted by the applicant.

5. Not have qualified for business grant assistance programs under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 or any other available federal COVID-19 economic recovery or business assistance grant programs, including loans forgiven under the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or are unable to obtain sufficient business assistance from such federal programs.

  • Eligible Applicants may have received or been awarded the following federal assistance:
  • Paycheck Protection Program loans totaling $250,000 [UPDATED ON 08.25.21] or less.
  • COVID-19 EIDL Advance Grant of $10,000 or less.
  • COVID-19 EIDL Supplemental Targeted Advance Grant of $5,000 or less.
  • SBA Shuttered Venue Operator Grant.

Ineligible Businesses

  • All Non-Profits, Churches and other religious institutions
  • Government-owned entities or elected official offices
  • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
  • Businesses that received awards from the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program
  • Landlords and passive real estate businesses
  • Illegal businesses or enterprises
  • Other industry or business types as specified by Empire State Development

Eligible Use of Grant Funds

The grants must be used for COVID-19 related losses or expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.  These include:

  • Payroll costs
  • Commercial rent or mortgage payments for NYS-based property (but not any rent or mortgage prepayments)
  • Payment of local property or school taxes associated with a small business location in NYS
  • Insurance costs
  • Utility costs
  • Costs of personal protection equipment (PPE) necessary to protect worker and consumer health and safety
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) costs
  • Other machinery or equipment costs
  • Supplies and materials necessary for compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • Other documented COVID-19 costs as approved by Empire State Development

Ineligible Uses of Funds

  • Grants awarded under the program may not be used to re-pay or pay down any portion of a loan obtained through a federal COVID-19 relief package for business assistance or any New York State business assistance programs.

Additional Information

  • Eligible Applicants must provide evidence, acceptable to New York State that the Eligible Applicant is operational and that the Eligible Applicant is not restricted by any state, local or other agency mandate.
  • Due to a limited amount of funding and the high volume of requests expected, your business type, geography and industry may factor into your ability to receive a grant.
  • Priority will be given to socially and economically disadvantaged business owners including, but not limited to, minority and women-owned business enterprises (NYS certification not required), service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, and veteran-owned businesses, or businesses located in communities that were economically distressed prior to March 1, 2020, as determined by the most recent Census data.

NY Small Business Grant Application Guide





2019 and 2020 Business Income Tax returns. Note: full and complete, unaltered federal tax
returns for each year are required (including all schedules and statements).

  • For corporations and LLCs – include IRS Form 1120
  • For partnerships – include IRS Form 1065 and Schedule K-1
  • For sole proprietors – include IRS Form 1040 Schedule C
  • For sole proprietor farming businesses – include IRS Form 1040 Schedule F
  • Completed IRS Form 4506-C


One of the following:

        • Current Business License
        • Current Business Certificate
        • Certificate of Organization
        • Certificate of Assumed Name (DBA)
        • NYS Certificate of Authority
        • Articles of Incorporation
        • NYS municipality issued document showing authorization to operate in NYS


Two of the following documents:

          • Current lease
          • Utility bill
          • Current business bank statement
          • Current business mortgage statement
          • Business credit card statement
          • Professional insurance bill
          • Payment processing statement
          • NYS ST-809 or ST-100 sales tax collection documentation.


Listing of names, addresses, Social Security numbers (or, for non-US owners, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers), phone numbers, e-mails, percentage ownership, and photo ID for any owners with 20% or more ownership of the business.


Most recently submitted NYS-45 document for employer firms.


W-9 and bank account information


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