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ACCORD Announces New Small Business and Rental Assistance Program Webinars


ACCORD is Hosting a Series of Webinars to Explain the New Small Business and Rental Assistance Programs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ACCORD will be completing a series of webinars to share information on the programs and answer questions.

Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program – Anticipated Start June 10th

Jacob Winterhalter from ACCORD’s business department is hosting a webinar on Thursday June 3rd at 10:30am to cover the grant program in detail and field questions. To register:

The small business recovery grant program will provide funding to small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, with priority being given to socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, including minority- and women-owned business enterprises, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses, and businesses located in economically distressed communities. 

Grants will be for a minimum award of $5,000 and a maximum award of $50,000 and will be calculated based on a New York State business’ annual gross receipts for 2019. Reimbursable COVID-19 related expenses must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) – Applications start 6/1/21 at 9:00am

Jacob Winterhalter from ACCORD’s business department is hosting a webinar on about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on June 1st at 10:30am that will cover the totality of the program and field questions at the end. To register:

The rental assistance program will assist households behind on their rent and that have experienced financial hardship, that are at risk of homelessness or housing instability and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. During the first 30 days of the program, the program will prioritize the unemployed, those with income at or below 50 percent of area median income and other vulnerable populations. After the first 30 days, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available. The ERAP will provide tenants with significant protection and stability and will allow landlords to receive financial compensation at the same time.

For assistance or more information contact ACCORD at: (585) 268-7605 ext. 1711 or

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