Strategic Impact Grants

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The Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant provides funding to community-based development organizations (CBOs) 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.

View the Designated Target Neighborhoods

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be:

  • Incorporated nonprofit corporations that operate, or have the authority to operate, in New York;
  • Compliant with annual State and Federal filing requirements that are pertinent to their type of organization, including NYS Charities Bureau filings; and
  • A community-based development organization providing services to a local commercial district.

Read the Strategic Impact Grant (Single Neighborhood) program guidelines for more information.

Apply here.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

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 Support Grant

Citywide Grants provide funding to organizations serving multiple boroughs and neighborhoods across the city for the development and deployment of new tools, strategies, and frameworks for collective impact to address commercial district needs and provide direct technical assistance to place-based organizations serving different neighborhoods and boroughs.

The winter/spring 2020-21 strategic focus is to fund one or more citywide service providers to provide technical assistance and project implementation support for 1) Business Support and Retention and 2) Merchant Organizing activities to multiple place-based organizations across multiple neighborhoods and boroughs that are granted Commercial District Support Grants.

Applications are now closed.



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