COVID-19 Resources

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Last updated: 06/10/21

Funding Resources                   NYS/Local Resources                Federal Resources

Funding Resources:

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

The NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations which have experienced economic hardship due the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations 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 (may be shuttered due to COVID restrictions). Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019.

For information visit  Grant Program Guide (pdf): GUIDE


SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID -19. Also included are bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, breweries and wineries and distilleries. Some calculations and restriction apply, but you can learn more about the program at 

Visit for information.

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. It targets state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses have access to credit as they reopen. They are available to businesses that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.  

Visit for information.

SBA EIDL Advance/Loan

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance/Loan portal reopened May 4, 2020 at 12:00pm for farms only. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.


If you have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure), there is no need to re-apply.


Agricultural Businesses Defined:

source: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).  SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.


If you are unfamiliar with the EIDL program, we included it in a recent fact sheet

Here is a chart summarizing the differences between te EIDL and PPP

Additional helpful links:

  • Free video tutorial on how to fill out the EIDL application (incl. forms needed based on business structure):

US Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Explained

SBA Website

NYS/Local Resources:

New Guidance on Reopening Horticulture Business by Region - (even if already open!)

Phase One begins May 15 and is allowed in Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and North Country regions at the moment. The map for the regions is here: more information click HERE

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protect Yourself Signage    English (pdf)    Spanish (pdf)  Additional languages available in above link

Interim Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfection of Food Manufacturing Facilities or Food Retail Stores for COVID-19 or DOWNLOAD   

Department of Agriculture and Markets COVID-19 Webpage:


New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage: 


Listing of Local Health Departments:


PSA Temporary Remote Training Policy Updates

COVID-19 Resources for Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Businesses

Community Response to COVID-19 - Resources via Columbia Land Conservancy

Managing Stress by NY Farm Net

COVID Financial Stress on the Farm (pdf provided by NY Farm Net)

Managing Stress in Unprecedented Times (pdf provided by NY Farm Net)

Federal Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:

FDA Guidance Regarding Food, Food Handling:

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Coronavirus Resources

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