Strategic Impact Grants

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The Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant provides funding to community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to implement local COVID-19 recovery support to small businesses. The funds will be used to conduct outreach, provide technical assistance to connect small businesses, increase awareness and comprehensive of new City and State rules and regulations, and strengthen merchant relationships to foster collaboration and increased local organizing.

Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant Opportunities

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Single Neighborhood COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant

Single Neighborhood Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis – contingent upon available funds – and provide exactly $20,000 in dedicated project funding for terms up to six months.

The winter/spring 2020-21 strategic focus is to fund single neighborhood service providers to implement a place-based approach to COVID-19 commercial district support services, specifically 1) Business Support and Retention and 2) Merchant Organizing activities, in one of the designated target neighborhoods.

Applications are now closed.

Multi-Neighborhood COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant

Multi-Neighborhood Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis – contingent upon available funds – and provide exactly $20,000 in dedicated project funding for each neighborhood selected, up to a maximum of five, for terms up to six months.

The winter/spring 2020-21 strategic focus is to fund multi-neighborhood or borough-wide service providers to implement a place-based approach to COVID-19 commercial district support services, specifically 1) Business Support and Retention and 2) Merchant Organizing activities, in two or more of the designated target neighborhoods.

Applications are now closed.

Citywide COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant

The COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant will fund citywide nonprofit organizations to serve multiple boroughs and neighborhoods across the City in partnership with no less than three CBDO subcontractors. Applicants must propose place-based projects and services that align with one or more of the following categories:

  • Neighborhood beautification projects;
  • Minor physical improvement to the public realm (i.e. streetscape enhancement projects);
  • Public space activation, maintenance, or management;
  • Merchant organizing assistance;
  • Retail recruitment strategy development, and/or;
  • Organizational development assistance.

The COVID-19 Commercial District Recovery Grant will fund up to $700,000 to citywide nonprofit organizations that can support a minimum of three neighborhoods and collaborate with three different CBDO subcontracted partners. Grant work will be implemented between December 2021 and June 2022. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process.

This program is funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and will be subject to applicable provisions of the Act, 31 CFR Part 35 and 2 CFR | 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Federal Awards.

Applications are now closed.



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