New York Forward: Small Business Recovery Hub

Oct 7, 2020

Small Business Grant Programs

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Google has launched a Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund to provide $5,000 grants to Latino-owned businesses. The program is accepting applications through October 14.


LISC has launched the NYC Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund, and in partnership with 16 community-based organizations across each borough, will provide direct grants of $10,000 to New York City minority-owned small businesses. The next application round begins October 15. For further information, contact Ibrahima Souare at [email protected]

Clover logo

Our partner Clover is launching a Back2Business Grant Program offering $10,000 grants to businesses to support our small business recovery work across Brooklyn. The program is accepting initial registration from applicants at this time. Learn more here

Brooklyn Chamber Resources

WE ARE COMMITTED to helping Brooklyn businesses and industries recover from the financial and other hardships caused by the pandemic. 


Small Business Resources Network


The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has activated its Small Business Resources Network to provide direct support to businesses throughout Brooklyn. If you are a small business in NYC, we can help.


For assistance, please contact us at [email protected].

Brooklyn Chamber in the Field

The Chamber team led by President and CEO Randy Peers has conducted 21 commercial corridor visits. Follow us @brooklynchamber to see our work in the field.


Support neighborhood business, it's the Brooklyn way!

You can still contribute and join the effort to save your local small businesses. Learn more here.

Open for Business in Brooklyn

See who is open for business in Brooklyn - updated daily with over 1,000 businesses across all neighborhoods.  View our map of open plazas and streets in Brooklyn.

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Economic Impact Surveys

Our monthly surveys measure the economic impact of the pandemic to Brooklyn businesses.
The feedback we receive supports our advocacy efforts on behalf of the small business community to policymakers. View the results here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Grant

We are providing disposable masks, gloves, sanitizers and contactless thermometers for businesses and their employees. P
lease apply for our Bring Back Brooklyn PPE grant here.

Small Business Hotline

The Brooklyn Chamber is digital! Find us on the Brooklyn App and join the 'Small Business Hotline' to communicate with us and your business peers in real time.


We host weekly virtual events to help business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and the latest resources, advice and information.
View the recordings here.

Reopening Guidelines by Industry

New York City is in the fourth phase of reopening.


The Brooklyn Chamber is providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist businesses reopen safely. Review guidelines for your business below.



Phase One        

  • Contractors including Building Equipment, Building Finishing. Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors, Highway, Street and Bridge Construction, Land Subdivision, Nonresidential and Residential Building and Utility System Construction
  • Clothing Stores, Direct Sale Establishments, Electronics and Appliance, Furniture, Florists, General Merchandise, Health and Personal Care, Jewelry, Luggage, Garden Supply, Office Supply, Used Merchandise Stores, Shoe Stores, Sporting Goods, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • All Manufacturing, including Apparel, Computer, Electronic, Lighting, Fabricated Metal, Furniture, Leather, Machinery, Mineral, Paper, Petroleum, Plastics, Printing, Wood and Textiles
Wholesale Trade
  • All Trade including Apparel, Piece Goods, Chemical, Furniture, Household Appliances, Electronics, Machinery, Equipment, Metal and Mineral, Paper, Professional Equipment and Supplies, and Miscellaneous Non-Durable and Durable Goods
Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Non-Food Animal and Crop Production and support activities

Phase Two        

  • Review and affirm guidelines below
In-store Retail
  • Essential in-store retail only
Real Estate
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Commercial Building Management
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Vehicle Sales and Leases
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Retail Repair and Cleaning
  • Review and affirm guidelines below

Phase Three        

Food Services (outdoor)
  • For DOT's Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs and State Liquor Authority guidance on liquor consumption rules, please scroll to the section below
Personal Care
  • Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Spas, Cosmetology, UV/non-UV tanning and waxing
  • Swimming is allowed with lifeguards present from 10am-6pm daily
Barbecue Areas
  • Open across all parks
Dog Runs
  • Open across all parks
  • Sports facilities (soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball) across all parks

Phase Four        

Higher Education
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Schools (Pre-K to 12)
Arts & Entertainment (outdoor)
  • Botanical gardens, zoos
Media Production (outdoor)
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Professional Sports Competitions
  • Audience not allowed
  • Review the guidance here and steps to reopen
Restaurants (indoor)
  • Indoor dining will reopen September 30 at 25% capacity. Review the guidance including air filtration requirements.
  • Open at 25% capacity
  • Open at 50% capacity

Open Restaurants Program Requirements

Updates to Open Restaurants Program


The Open Restaurants program is permanent.  Check back here for complete guidelines.

What you need to know now:

  • Seating can be expanded to the adjacent space with a formal agreement and no-fee commitment between the two businesses. DOT will issue application forms for expansion and restaurants must not expand until this guidance is issued.
  • Electric heaters will be allowed on both the sidewalk and roadway. Propane and natural gas heaters will be allowed on the sidewalk only.
  • Tent enclosures will be allowed to keep diners warm. For partial tent enclosures, 50% of the tent’s side wall surface area will need to remain open and electric heaters will be allowed. In full tent enclosures, the side walls may remain closed but capacity will be capped at 25%. Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, will be allowed for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation.
  • Business Improvement Districts, merchants associations and restaurants represented by a single entity can submit an online application via DOT to open up retail corridors. Privately owned plazas and Waterfront Public Access areas may also be used.

View our guide to avoid common city violations for Open Restaurants here.

Community Banks and CDFIs processing PPP

Our partner Pursuit has paused the PPP application intake as of 5pm on July 31. The program will resume when the PPP is extended - check back here for details.

Small Business Financial and Other Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA)


New York City and State Resources


Commercial Lease Assistance

The Commercial Lease Assistance Program offers free legal services for businesses seeking to renew or amend their existing lease, or sign a new commercial lease.


New York Forward Loan Fund

Loan program for businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees, nonprofits and small landlords who did not receive PPP or EIDL. Apply with these CDFIs.
  • Accion East
  • Community Preservation Corporation
  • National Development Council
  • Pursuit
  • TruFund
    Complete the application here.
    This is not a first-come, first-served application. 

Other Resources


Commercial Cleaning Services

To assist with cleaning and sanitizing needs for re-opening, here is a vetted list of commercial cleaning companies operating across Brooklyn. Contact them for a quote.

Residential Rent Relief

The Governor's office announced the Rent Relief Program effective July 16. The program will offer a one-time rent payment to landlords to cover the difference between the household's rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden during the period the household is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance for the months of April through July.


View program details here.


Determine income eligibility criteria by county here. (For Brooklyn, this is $90,950 for a family of four)

Non-Government Loans and Grants


Small Business Grants


Corporate Support


Grants for Non-Profits


Grants and Resources for Restaurants

Assistance to Manufacturers

For PPE procurement (masks, gloves, disinfecting supplies, thermometers and physical barriers) or to be listed as a vendor, visit the NYC Manufacturing and Industry Innovation Council's PPE marketplace.

Other Resources


New York City Resources

NYC resources

Other Reopening Resources