ALBANY, N.Y. — FuzeHub has announced the launch of a competitive grant program that will award $400,000 in COVID-19 manufacturing grants.
The nonprofit FuzeHub “connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation, and business growth.”
FuzeHub’s COVID-19 manufacturing grants are designed to aid existing New York–based, small to medium-sized manufacturing companies that can meet prevailing requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can “quickly accelerate” production of personal protective equipment and respiratory care equipment that has been depleted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The program offers two tracks. In the “prevent the spread” track, FuzeHub will award four $50,000 grants to increase manufacturing capacity for personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically N95 masks. In the “save lives” track, the organization will award two $100,000 grants to increase manufacturing capacity for respiratory care equipment, specifically ventilators.
The application deadline is Friday, April 17. To apply, manufacturers should visit https://fuzehub.com/coronavirus-grant/.
“Across New York State, manufacturers are rising to meet the challenges of this unprecedented time. They are playing a critical role in the fight to stop the spread of this virus and save lives,” Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub, said. “FuzeHub created the COVID-19 manufacturing grants program to expand resources available to help manufacturers accelerate the production of essential supplies needed on the frontlines of this battle to restore public health.”
Due to the urgent need for more respirators and ventilators, the panel reviewing applications will prioritize projects that are “clearly defined and ready to be undertaken immediately.” Projects will be expected to be completed “as quickly as possible” to help address emerging shortages of supplies.
Further eligibility requirements are listed at FuzeHub’s website.
“These grants will serve as a resource to assist manufacturers with increasing capacity in current operations as well as to pivot production in an effort to build and assemble critically needed items — specifically, N-95 masks and ventilators,” Everton Henriques, NY MEP solutions director for FuzeHub, said. “Our objective is to help manufacturers access necessary funding to quickly expand production of the supplies we need most right now.”
The COVID-19 manufacturing grants will be allocated through FuzeHub’s Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, which annually awards about $1 million to bolster New York’s manufacturing, technology and startup ecosystems.
The Albany–based nonprofit FuzeHub is the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, supported by NYSTAR (Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation.)
As the statewide NY MEP center, FuzeHub says it works with small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to solve challenges, increase competitiveness and create jobs. Across the state, 10 regional NY MEP centers support the growth of manufacturers in their communities.