Assistance for Organizations

New York City is reopening. Businesses may start or expand operations.

COVID-19 & Businesses

Businesses owners can get information and resources to reopen safely, protect their staff and customers, run their business, and get financial assistance during the COVID-19 health emergency. For more information, visit NYC 311 online.

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 NYC Business 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 NYC Business 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

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 65 years old.
  • You have a chronic health condition, including lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer or a weakened immune system.

Remember the four key actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Stay home if you are sick unless you are leaving for essential medical care (including testing) or other essential errands.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you by wearing a face covering. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze or even talk. A face covering may help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands.

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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