New Small Business Grant Program To Provide 50 Grants To 50 Small Businesses In 50 Days

Grants Up To $25,000 Each, Will Focuses On Small Businesses In  Low To Moderate Business  Corridors To Help Them  Get Through The Pandemic And Stabilized For Future Success

Mayor Brown has  announced the launch of the Buffalo Business Forward Small Business Grant Program, which will award approximately $1 million in grants to 50 small businesses in the next 50 days to assist them in getting through the pandemic, and thrive and grow. 

“Through the Buffalo Business Forward Small Business Grant Program, my goal is to award 50 grants of up to $25,000, to 50 small businesses facing demonstrated hardships due to the pandemic, in the next 50 days,” Mayor Brown said. “We will focus on businesses in low to moderate income areas of the city, such as the East Side Commercial Districts: Jefferson Avenue Commercial District, MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore, and Kensington Bailey.” 

The new grant effort is a collaboration that includes the City’s Office of Strategic Planning (OSP) and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) and the SUNY-Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Through the new Buffalo Business Forward Small Business Grant Program, qualifying businesses can receive grants up to $25,000. The new grant effort is a collaboration that includes the City’s Office of Strategic Planning (OSP) and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) and the SUNY-Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 

Covid-impacted small businesses located within low or moderate-income areas in the City are eligible to apply.

More information on eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found at www. buffalobusinessgrants.com

 The approximately $1 million in grant funds will come from the remaining Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (Cares Act) funding to be distributed via BURA’s Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Fund.