ECIDA COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Grant Program

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY: Small businesses & nonprofits with 50 employees or fewer, located in Erie County***

Please review the full program requirements PRIOR to completing an application for funding.   

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.

For complete Grant Guidelines  CLICK HERE

Eligible Businesses:

• Small Businesses (50 employees or fewer) located within a Highly Distressed Area in Erie County***, New York

• Small nonprofits (50 employees or fewer) 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 (50 employees or fewer) located in Erie County***, New York


 *** Small businesses and nonprofit corporations located in municipalities with their own independent IDAs (LINKS: Amherst, Clarence, Concord, Hamburg, & Lancaster) are not eligible to apply. Please click on the link to contact your local IDA if you are located in one of these municipalities.***


Required Documentation:

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.

  • Applicant must be located in Erie County***.

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

  • 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.


For questions about eligibility or the application please call (716) 856-6525 ext 126.

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. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until New York State Executive Order No. 202 is rescinded or available funds have been expended.

Downloadable Information:

  • ECIDA COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Grant brochure CLICK HERE

  • 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