According to, there is a new grant to help businesses recover the cost of PPE that occurred during the pandemic. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency ("ECIDA"), has a disaster relief reimbursement program that will assist minority-owned businesses and small businesses in distressed neighborhoods.

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According to, in order for businesses to be eligible for the grant, the business must be located in Erie County and have a maximum of 50 employees, and be located in a highly distressed area. The businesses must also be certified as a minority-owned business, that can show how it was financially viable before the state emergency declaration on March 7th, 2020.

According to, there is also another program designed to help businesses with an immediate need for working capital. This is a disaster relief loan program with low-interest rates and interest-only periods, to help Erie County businesses that suffered during the shutdown.

If you would like more information on applying for one of the programs visit this link ECIDA or call 716 856-6525.

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