SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly 40 Syracuse small businesses and organizations will benefit from COVID-19 relief grants totaling $350,000.
The Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) awarded the funding, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced Thursday.
The second round of grants comes from federal CARES Act funding. The $350,000 figure brings the total money distributed to city businesses in Syracuse to more than $1.3 million since the COVID-19 pandemic’s start, Walsh’s office said.
Grant amounts to businesses range from $2,250 to $10,000. Four grants — ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 — were awarded to neighborhood business organizations that will use the funding for marketing and promotional efforts to attract customers to businesses in their areas.
“With this round of grants, we successfully reached more women and minority businesses. To ensure equity in the assistance being provided, our Department of Neighborhood and Business Development conducted outreach directly by email and through social media,” Walsh said. “More than half of the recipients are minority-owned and a total of 22 of the awardees are women and/or minority businesses.”
Among the recipients, 35 are individual businesses representing the following industries: restaurant/food service, consumer retail, professional services, office, and day care/child care.
The recipients come from 18 different neighborhoods in the city. The funds will pay for needs that include equipment for grab and go takeout service, construction of outdoor service space, website and marketing updates, and equipment to enable social distancing.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City of Syracuse, through the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) and SEDCO, has distributed a total of 124 grants and loans to local small businesses and non-profits.
SEDCO’s COVID-19 grant recipients are the following businesses and organizations:
All About Me Childcare Center
Art of Message/Spa @ 500
Beer Belly Deli
Bellows Construction Specialties
Casa Mia Foods
Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen
Clinton Street Pub
CNY Uniforms Plus
Coleman’s Irish Pub
Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District (CMBID)
Domain Construction Group
Downtown Syracuse Foundation
East Genesee Regents Association (EGRA)
Freedom of Espresso
It Takes a Village Family Childcare
La’Tonia Creative Specialists
Miss Prissy’s BBQ
Northeast Hawley Development Assoc. (NEHDA)
The Hop Spot
Pretty & Pink Party Planning
Salt City Coffee
Solvay Food Market, Inc.
Spoon & Chopsticks
Surf City Enterprises
Taste of Africa
Tier One Building Services
Time 2 Eat Catering
Westcott Coffee Company/Recess Coffee
Yvette Edwards Day Care