ECIDA COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Grant Program

        The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) is pleased to announce the COVID-19 Disaster Relief PPE Cost Reimbursement Grant Program. Small businesses and not-for-profit corporations that are located in Highly Distressed Areas (defined by the U.S. Census), or that are Minority Owned, Women-Owned or Veteran Owned, may be eligible for up to $10,000 in reimbursement for the costs of acquiring personal protective equipment or installing fixtures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 *** Small Businesses and Not-for-Profit Corporations located in communities served by their own municipal IDAs (Amherst, Clarence, Concord, Hamburg, and Lancaster) are not eligible to participate within the Erie County IDA COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Grant Program.

Please contact your local IDA if you are located in one of these communities.


***Minimum Program Requirements: Please review the full program requirements prior to completing an application for funding.

Eligibility: Small businesses and nonprofits in Erie County

• Small Businesses (not more than 50 employees) located within a Highly Distressed Area in Erie County, New York

• Small nonprofits (not more than 50 employees) formed pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law, located within a Highly Distressed Area in Erie County, New York

• Minority, Women Owned, and Veteran-Owned Businesses or nonprofits
(not more than 50 employees) located in Erie County, New York


For complete Grant Guidelines  CLICK HERE



• Business must be located in Erie County.

• Applicant must demonstrate that it was a financially viable entity prior to the state
disaster emergency declaration (March 7, 2020).

• Applicant must document that it has been negatively affected by the state disaster emergency.

• Applicant must document being operational since prior to March 7, 2020.


Prior to completing the application please review the Grant Guidelines and FAQs in full for details critical to assessing eligibility and developing a successful grant proposal.

For questions about eligibility or the application please call (716) 856-6525 ext 126. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until New York State Executive Order No. 202 is rescinded or available funds have been expended.

Complete, printed applications must be returned by mail to: Lori Szewczyk, Director of Grants, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, 95 Perry Street, Suite 403, Buffalo, NY 14203.

  • For a pdf of the grant application form CLICK HERE
  • For the complete Grant Guidelines document CLICK HERE
  • To view the Distressed Census Tracts map for Erie County CLICK HERE

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