Restaurant Revitalization Program – This program is investing $2M to partner with City restaurants and provide short-term payroll support, funding subsidized wages to employ displaced restaurant workers who will prepare meals (including some free) for their communities. Under the program, participating restaurants will be eligible for funding up to $30,000 each, to be used to pay wages of $20/hour to subsidized employees for at least six weeks. NYC Opportunity, the Human Resources Administration, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC are collaborating with One Fair Wage (OFW), which will make an additional $1 million available to support local restaurants with funding of up to $25,000 per restaurant. The Restaurant Revitalization Program is being implemented by NYC Opportunity and the Human Resources Administration and is supported by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. As of September, nearly 100 restaurants have been awarded funding ($2.3M) between the City and OFW, 71 percent are minority and/or woman-owned, and the restaurants collectively committed to providing nearly 87,000 free meals to community members.
To learn more, visit NYC Opportunity.
MWBE Executive Order and Support Programs – The Mayor signed an Executive Order to immediately strengthen the City’s utilization of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) and announced a series of new programs with the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity to connect entrepreneurs of color to business opportunities, including government contract matching, access to pro bono business consultants and mentorship networks. The project also will provide an opportunity for non-certified businesses to learn how to do business with the City.
For small business support call 1-888-SBS-4NYC (1-888-727-4692)
Expanding Food Access – Programs, including the City’s partnership with Mercato, expansion of the Get the Good Stuff program, supporting NYCHA resident-owned businesses with emergency food market opportunities, and reducing operational requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) – will bring online grocery shopping, meal deliveries, culturally appropriate food, and affordable fruits and vegetables to New Yorkers in neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID-19.