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West Side Small Business Grants

Application


To help Manhattan’s West Side small businesses experiencing financial distress due to the impact of COVID-19, the West Side Community Fund has launched the West Side Small Business Grants (WSSBG). 

Catchment Area Map

WSSBG of $5,000 to $10,000 will fill gaps in funding by prioritizing businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women, which the New York Times and others report have weaker access to banking systems and financial support. Proposals that focus on adapting businesses to the challenges of COVID-19 (i.e. delivering orders, fulfilling online requests for products, conducting training and classes online) will also be prioritized. Grants may be made to barber shops, restaurants, food carts, vegetable stands, and other small businesses. Unlike many financial opportunities currently available to small businesses, this program will provide grants rather than loans.


The application is intended to be accessible and short, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), a non-profit which was founded to respond to the fiscal crisis of the ‘70s and has provided instrumental community support after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, will once again partner with the West Side Community Fund and serve as the grant administrator.



The West Side Small Business Grants are made possible by Google, IAC, Jamestown, Related/Oxford Hudson Yards, WarnerMedia, Wells Fargo, and the West Side Community Fund.


PRIORITIES

Preference will be given to businesses that are:


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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for a grant:

  • Business must be located in the map catchment area
  • Demonstrated business revenue decrease of at least 25% due to COVID-19
  • Business must have a physical presence within the map boundaries (brick and mortar operation or do work exclusively in the map area)
  • Business must employ no more than 10 employees


BENEFITS OF APPLYING

Applicants will receive:

  • Updates on available resources for small businesses
  • Priority access to Google small business workshops


Recipients will also:

  • Participate in two free free small business training workshops through Grow With Google
  • Receive 30 minutes of free 1:1 coaching for your small business from Googler volunteers
  • Be connected with other grant recipients, allowing you to exchange information and strategies for resilience. 
  • Join a network of  groups across the city, contributing year-round to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
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APPLICATION

 

SECTION 1BASIC INFORMATION




Business Social Media














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SECTION 2: BUSINESS INFORMATION

300 word limit











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SECTION 3: GRANT REQUEST INFORMATION
How has COVID-19 impacted your business?

300 word limit


up to $10,000
Monthly Budget and Grant Request (optional):
Monthly Cost Grant Budget Request Notes

Adapt business model to sustain or re-open during COVID-19

(e.g. hire delivery, make store physical modifications)

*Grant preference


Payroll
Rent/Mortgage Interest
Utilities
Other
Other
Monthly Cost Grant Budget Request Notes
Total                                                       

300 word limit
Has your business applied, received, or plan to apply for a Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (COVID-19 related), a Paycheck Protection Program Loan, or any other loans/grants as a result of COVID-19? If yes, please list requests, including amount you will request/have requested, application status, and -when relevant- amount granted.
Applied Will Apply Received Denied Amount Enter Grant Program (Other)
PPP
SBA
Other
If you are not familiar with the loans indicated above, please visit this website before continuing this application.
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SECTION 4: DEMOGRAPHICS


Please indicate other ways you identify yourself





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SECTION 5: SCHEDULE FOR WORKSHOPS/COACHING


Grant winners will be invited and requested to join the two workshops (Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely & Make Your Website Work for You), as well as receive 1:1 coaching for their small business from Googler volunteers. Please indicate your availability so we can schedule.

Morning (9:30-12:30) Afternoon (12:30-3:30) Evening (3:30-6)
Please rate the below coaching topics in order of interest:





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THANK YOU FOR FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION

We will notify you of the grant decision on a rolling basis.


Please consider following us on Twitter for more resources and information:

@WSCFgrants and @CitizensNYC


This program is made possible by Google, IAC, Jamestown, Related/Oxford Hudson Yards, WarnerMedia, Wells Fargo, and the West Side Community Fund.