Assistance for Organizations

Assistance for Healthcare Facilities

The City of New York will work to fill the needs of healthcare facilities with licensed healthcare staff as they are available. If you are a healthcare facility seeking New York State-certified healthcare workers, please complete this form.

Assistance for Businesses

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

The City is offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. Visit the Department of Small Business Services website to apply.

NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund

Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible to apply for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help ensure business continuity. Visit the Department of Small Business Services website to apply.

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

Businesses and nonprofit organizations with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for 2-year loans at 1% interest that does not have to be paid back.

The loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Ask your business's bank if they offer the federal SBA Paycheck Protection Program:

Commercial Lease Assistance Program

If your business needs help with a commercial lease in New York City, visit NYC Business online.

More Resources from NYC Small Business Services

For more information, visit NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS).

Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations

NYC Civic Impact Funding

NYC Service is providing one-time funding of up to $10,000 to support nonprofits engaging volunteers to deliver essential services, particularly meals and food, to residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The application period is now closed. 

Volunteer Coordination Task Force

The City of New York's Volunteer Coordination Task Force is working to support community organizations serving those impacted by COVID-19. If your organization is in need of volunteer support to deliver critical services, complete the New York Cares Community Partner Project Intake Form.

Safety Guidance to Give to Your Volunteers

The health and safety of volunteers must remain a priority. All volunteers and organizations accepting volunteers must follow the following health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

  • If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT SIGN UP to volunteer:
    • You are sick
    • You are over 50 years old or have chronic health conditions, including chronic lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.
  • Wear a face covering. People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave home and cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use healthcare worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the healthcare system.
  • Wash your hands often, including at the start and end of your volunteer opportunity. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms.
  • Do not gather in large groups.
  • Keep at least six feet between you and others.

More Resources

Human services nonprofit organizations deliver vital services to New York City's communities, including the city's most vulnerable populations. Their partnership with the City of New York is essential, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19. Guidance and answers to questions about nonprofit operations, business continuity and programming during these critical days are available on the City of New York's online resource for nonprofit organizations.

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. All New Yorkers deserve to celebrate, honor, and memorialize their loved ones. Get funeral & burial guidance from the City of New York.

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