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How to get Erie County’s new Covid-19 relief money for your small business

How to get Erie County’s new Covid-19 relief money for your small business

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If you’re a small business based in Erie County, there’s a new opportunity to get the help you need to weather setbacks caused by Covid-19. But you need to act fast: Applications are due Nov. 2, though owners are strongly encouraged to apply now before funds are depleted.

Designed to help as many small businesses as possible – especially those in the greatest need or who have been denied other Covid-19 aid – the new Back to Business Grant Program administered by Erie County in coordination with 43North is giving $20 million in relief funds.

Apply today if your small business is:

  • A for-profit based in Erie County
  • Employs 50 or fewer people
  • Generated less than $7.5 million in revenue in 2019

Grants are awarded based on need and can be applied to expenses both past and future. Your business can use the money for payroll, operations, marketing, Covid-19 adaptations and more. All money must be spent by Dec. 30. Grant amounts are designed to create meaningful impact:

  • Up to $10,000 for sole proprietors
  • Up to $25,000 for businesses with 2-25 employees
  • Up to $45,000 for businesses with 26-50 employees

To ensure the Back to Business Grant Program is reaching those who need the support the most, when you apply, you need to show Covid-19’s impact on your small businesses, whether it’s loss of gross revenue or reduced level or production, sales, employment or services. You’ll also be asked how you plan to use the funds if awarded.

What you’ll need to complete the application:

  • Driver's license or other government issued ID
  • Proof of business and business address
  • Employee Identification Number (EIN)
  • Tax returns from 2018 or 2019
  • W-9 for the grant recipient
  • Evidence of Covid-19 impact on your business
  • Plan for how to use the grand funds

If you have any questions throughout the process, check out the FAQ page or reach out to the team at the ready to help:

Don’t miss the chance to get your small business the support it needs: Apply today before the Nov. 2 deadline.

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