Resources for Western New Yorkers:
Food Assistance: www.feedmorewny.org
Health Insurance: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
Direct Impact Payments: www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Testing: NYS Department of Health Testing Site Map:
Student Loan Forbearance Information: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
Family & Medical Leave: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Crisis Services: http://crisisservices.org
The Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act supports One-Stop Career Centers in Western New York providing resources to connect job seekers and businesses. Services include: resume prep assistance, computer/copier access, training/education, counseling/career planning.
Job Bank (Current Openings in NYS – Search Western Region) www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm
Resources for Businesses:
NYS Business Guidance on Reopening: https://forward.ny.gov/
CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
Relief for Businesses:
- Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
Zero-fee loans at 1% interest rate of up to $10 million. Loan will be eligible for forgiveness for expenses of up to 8 weeks of average payroll & related costs if the organization retains employees and their salary levels. Local banks, credit unions, CDFIs and other SBA-approved lenders facilitate the application process.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
An Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a 30-year loan of up to $2 million with an interest rate up to 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits to help pay for disaster-related expenses.
- Emergency Economic Injury Grant: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance
An Emergency Economic Injury Grant is an immediate advance of up to $10,000 received within 3 days of applying for an EIDL that does not need to be repaid, even if the business fails to qualify for the EIDL.
- Employee Retention Tax Credit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/employee-retention-credit
Employers, including non-profits, whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings. The credit is also provided to employers who have experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis.
Contact A Local Small Business Administration Assistance Center:
- Erie County: 716-878-4030
- Niagara County: 716-210-2515
We are here to help. Please reach out to our office if you have any questions or need additional assistance: