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City of Syracuse awards $350,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to Syracuse small businesses


The Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has awarded 39 Syracuse small businesses and organizations $350,000 in COVID-19 relief grants. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh says the money comes from the federal CARES Act. (Photo credit:

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.


Grant recipients

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

Blarney Stone

Casa Mia Foods

Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen

Clinton Street Pub

CNY Uniforms Plus

Coleman’s Irish Pub

Crouse Marshall Business Improvement District (CMBID)

Interior Innovations


Domain Construction Group

Downtown Syracuse Foundation

East Genesee Regents Association (EGRA)

Evergreen Restaurant

Freedom of Espresso

Gypsy Freedom

It Takes a Village Family Childcare

La’Tonia Creative Specialists

Miss Prissy’s BBQ

Northeast Hawley Development Assoc. (NEHDA)

The Hop Spot

Phoebe’s Restaurant

Pretty & Pink Party Planning

Salt City Coffee

Solvay Food Market, Inc.

Sound Univercity

Southside Fitness

Spoon & Chopsticks

SubCat Studios

Surf City Enterprises

Taste of Africa

Tier One Building Services

Time 2 Eat Catering

Westcott Coffee Company/Recess Coffee

Yvette Edwards Day Care

XO Taco



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