Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced up to $5 million in grants are available for small businesses that have experienced physical damage or loss as a result of the flooding in communities along Lake Ontario.
The program provides up to $20,000 to small businesses to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real property and other tangible assets, including equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies and inventory. Funding will be provided through Empire State Development with applications available in June.
Cuomo also announced that Department of Environmental Conservation permitting offices and the state’s Emergency Response Mobile Command centers will offer weekend hours throughout the summer to assist residents and businesses.
Local command centers are located at Parma Town Hall, 1300 Hilton Parma Road, Hilton; and Sodus Point Beach Park, 7958 Wickham Blvd.
“We are doing everything in our power to help New Yorkers impacted by flooding,” Cuomo said. “Small businesses are the backbone of communities across the state, and these grants will help businesses and residents rebuild and get back to their everyday lives. By offering weekend hours at our Emergency Response Mobile Command centers and DEC permitting offices, we are also making it easy for impacted communities to access information and resources at their convenience.”
The grant program is open to eligible applicants in the seven counties identified in the governor’s state of emergency declaration: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. Grants will be provided for flood-related costs that have not or will not be compensated by any other federal, state or local recovery program or any third-party payers.
“During my visits to the affected Lake Ontario communities over the past few weeks, I have seen the devastation to property as well as to the livelihoods of countless small businesses,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “This $5 million in small business grants will hopefully bring much needed relief to alleviate the damages and assist in recovering their losses.”