Local Relief Resources

SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
  • SBA Debt Relief
Small Business PPP Application Tip
If anyone you know has experienced difficulty applying PPP or other programs through big banks, try working with smaller banks/lenders. SBA certified lenders: www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find
For application assistance (one-on-one counseling), please reach out LaGuardia Community College SBDC at sbdc@lagcc.cuny.edu. They help businesses citywide and have been working closely with SBA to assist small businesses.  他們有職員會說中文。




有見及此,美國聯邦小企業部紐約辦公室(U.S. Small Business Administration New York Office,下簡稱SBA)為了能幫助小企業主們度過這次的難關,今天中午剛剛召開了線上視像會議。由經濟發展中文專員郭曼麗女士(Man-Li Lin)全程以中文講解,向所有參與的線上觀眾提供了申請貸款和援助細節。今天的視像會議除了邀請到紐約市第一選區市議員陳倩雯女士(Margaret Chin)以及紐約華埠共同發展機構及華埠商業改進區總監陳作舟先生(Wellington Chen)做客之外,還有多達80名民眾參與,反應非常積極!



2020年3月27日星期五,《冠状病毒援助、救济和经济安全法案》(CARES Act)正式签署生效。此项立法的目的是为受到新型冠状病毒肺炎疫情影响的个人和企业提供经济救济。


NYC Office of the Comptroller COVID-19 Resource Center – Small Businesses

This page has has information about programs and assistance available to small businesses to help them navigate this crisis.


市長移民事務辦公室(NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – MOIA)

如果您有关于移民的问题,或者想知道在 COVID-19 疫情期间如何获得城市服务,请致电 212-788-7654,此热线电话周一至周五,早上 9 点至下午 5 点开通,或者您可以发送电子邮件至 AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov


Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guide: Lower East Side/Chinatown

Resource guide with the following information: meals for children, meals for seniors, retail food stores and their delivery/benefits policies, local food pantries and soup kitchens, resources for homeless people, resources for immigrant populations and resources for people with disabilities.


Food Donation & Website Assistance

Heart of Dinner (formerly Table to Table NYC)

Heart of Dinner is a relief effort hub cooking hot lunchbox donations for those most vulnerable in/near the Chinatown area with a heavy focus on the homebound elderly.

Send Chinatown Love

Send Chinatown Love builds personal webpages for merchants to help them collect donations and sell gift cards.

Welcome to Chinatown

Welcome to Chinatown supports local Chinatown, NY restaurants by providing a platform to generate sales through gift cards during the dining restrictions as a result of COVID-19. Welcome to Chinatown will train businesses on how to set up and maintain gift cards if they do not have an existing system.


Assistance & Counseling

Asian Americans for Equality

Unemployment application assistance and job search (亞洲人平等會失業申請援助和求職)

  • AAFE workforce center: 718-961-2833. That line is redirected to our workforce team’s cell phones. Email is askaafe@aafe.org.
  • 亞平會勞動力中心:718-961-2833。該電話線將把諮詢電話轉到員工的手機,電子郵件為 askaafe@aafe.org

CMP (Career Mobility Partnership)

Small Business: If your business needs help in applying for Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan, contact us at Larrymei@cmpny.org.


Design Corps: Small Business Reopening Network

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, NYCxDESIGN has launched a program to connect pro bono designers and architects with restaurants to help provide design technical assistance. This directory encourages designers to self-connect with restaurants by browsing the profiles listed on the site. For additional information on the Design Corps program, please review the detailed guidelines.

Restaurants can add themselves to the website to access assistance here: https://nycxdesign.com/design-corps

If you need COVID-19-related legal assistance, the City Bar Justice Center is operating a COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic that offers pro-bono legal consultations. Small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive free, limited-scope legal advice on topics that include Small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive free, limited-scope legal advice on topics that include:

  • loans & grants
  • contracts & force majeure clauses
  • employment law matters
  • real estate and commercial leasing issues
  • insurance matters


Grants & Loans

Citizens Committee of New York City Neighborhood Business Grant

Grants of between $5,000 to $10,000 will fill gaps in funding by prioritizing businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women, which the New York Times and others report have weaker access to banking systems and financial support. Proposals that focus on adapting businesses to the challenges of COVID-19 (i.e. delivering orders, fulfilling online requests for products, conducting training and classes online) will also be prioritized. Grants may be made to barber shops, restaurants, food carts, vegetable stands, and other small businesses. Unlike many financial opportunities currently available to small businesses, this program will provide grants rather than loans.

Global NY Loan Fund

Open to New York State companies seeking financing to create or expand direct exports, or to serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Loans are available to purchase equipment, inventory, working capital to support foreign accounts receivable, export lines or credit, or long-term financing.

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative

GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.


These loans are intended to help entrepreneurs launch or expand a small business or to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The loans are interest-free and require no application fee, origination fee, or collateral. Borrowers will repay these loans in equal installments over 24-36 months, and modifications will be available if needed. There is a three-month grace period before repayments begin.

Immigrant Families Fund

Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.

Kiva Loan

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world – up to $15,000 at 0% interest.

NYC LMI Storefront Loan (紐約市LMI店面貸款)

The NYC LMI Storefront Loan is an interest-free loan up to $100,000 to help storefront businesses located in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas of New York City restart or continue operations after experiencing challenges from COVID-19. The NYC Department of Small Business Services is partnering with Pursuit to service these loans. 

Note: The application will be available beginning Monday, November 30th at 10:00am.

Who Can Apply? 

Businesses must: 

  • Operate in one of these eligible ZIP codes 
  • Employ between 2-99 employees in total across all locations 
  • Have been in operation since January 1, 2018, or before 
  • Be cash flow positive in 2019 and be able to demonstrate the ability to repay 
  • Have no personal or business tax liens or legal judgements within the past three years  
  • Provide a personal guarantee for the loan. All owners of 20% or more of the business must co-sign on the loan and must have an average personal credit score of 625 or higher. 

NYC LMI店面貸款是一項高達100,000美元的無息貸款,旨在幫助位於紐約市中低收入(LMI)地區的店面企業在經歷C OVID -19挑戰後重啟或繼續運營紐約市小企業服務部正在與Pursuit合作為這些貸款提供服務。 




  • 操作這些之一資格ZIP代碼 
  • 在所有地點總共僱用2-99名員工 
  • 2018年1月1日或之前開始運營 
  • 在2019年使現金流量為正並能夠證明還款能力 
  • 在過去三年中沒有個人或營業稅留置權或法律判決  
  • 為貸款提供個人擔保。所有擁有20%或更多業務的所有者必須共同簽署貸款,並且平均個人信用分數必須達到625或更高。 

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

New economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.

新的經濟復甦貸款計劃旨在為紐約州的小型企業,非營利組織和小型業主提供支持,因為它們在COVID-19爆發和NYS暫停後重新開放。 NYFLF的目標是該州的小型企業,該企業的全職當量(FTE)僱員少於20人(佔所有企業的90%),非營利組織和租金收入損失的小型房東。 NYFLF的具體時機是為企業和組織著手重新開放提供支持,並為其支付前期費用以遵守《紐約前瞻計劃》下的指南(例如,庫存,行銷,調整新的社會隔離指南)。 重新開放的產業將被優先考慮。 這不是先來先服務的貸款計劃。 隨著地區和行業的重新開放,將對申請進行滾動審核。

Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund

In an effort to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers ​approximately $3 million in reimbursement grants for up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. The program is intended to support full-service restaurants – the industry hit hardest by the pandemic – during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to New York State’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates.

The Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund is a partnership between New York State, Diageo Wine & Spirits, Southern Glazer Wines & Spirits and The National Development Council (NDC). Grant funding will be managed by The National Development Council (NDC).

Restaurants can apply to the Rising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund starting Monday, January 11, 2021.  ​

為了在COVID-19大流行期間支持小型企業,籌集紐約州酒吧餐廳恢復基金為符合條件的企業提供了大約300萬美元的報銷贈款,最高可達5,000美元。 該計劃旨在在冬季戶外用餐受限且餐廳適應紐約州COVID-19安全限制和新規定的冬季期間,為全服務餐廳提供支持,該行業是大流行病最嚴重的地區。

籌集紐約州酒吧餐廳恢復基金是紐約州,帝亞吉歐美酒,南格拉澤美酒和國家發展委員會(NDC)的合作夥伴關係。 贈款資金將由國家發展委員會(NDC)管理。

從2021年1月11日星期一開始,餐廳可以向Rising NYS酒吧餐廳恢復基金提出申請。

The Main Street Initiative

If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively effected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately. Then through your capital raise, you can receive up to $250,000 of investment from your community.

Unfinished Business

A program by Hennessy that provides immediate relief and long-term support to Black, Asian, and Latinx small-business owners. The second round of application will open November 17 at 12:01am EST.

Welcome to Chinatown Longevity Fund

Welcome to Chinatown is launching The Longevity Fund, a small business relief fund that aims to fundraise $200,000 for the distribution of grants to Manhattan Chinatown’s small businesses. The Longevity Fund will distribute $5,000 grants to 40 small businesses to alleviate their overhead costs (rent, labor, insurance, utilities, etc.) with the goal of offering some reassurance and peace of mind to small business owners, allowing them to focus on COVID-19 recovery.


Business Listings

Dine in NYC Restaurant Takeout/Gift Card Listing

To support local business at this critical time, NYC & Co. is promoting restaurants within the five boroughs that are currently offering takeout and delivery service, as well as gift cards for purchase online.

NYC Plugged Hospitality Map & Listing

NYC Plugged has created a map and listing in support of the hospitality industry during this difficult time. The map shows current restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, wine shops, and delis open for delivery and/or pick-up. Also, those who are also offering gift cards/merch for purchase, Employee Fundraisers, or Frontline Worker Programs.



On May 30 to June 1, 2020, several businesses in the neighborhood were vandalized and looted during recent protest-related events. All funds raised will go towards the replacement of damaged glass doors and windows of the affected businesses. Any remainder funds will go towards assisting with the repair of interior damages. (Funds distributed as of 8/7/2020)


Business Tools/Resources

COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses globally, who have spent with a Google Ads account in ten out of twelve months of 2019, and in January and/or February of this year. Eligible customers are those who advertised directly with us or through a partner, and adhere to our advertising policies.

Free And Discounted Tech Tools To Help You Run Your Business Remotely

Some companies are offering technology tools at a discount that may help you in running your small business and staying connected to your remote team during this time.

Museum of Food and Design

Resources for restaurants/restaurant workers, and patrons who want to support restaurants/restaurant workers.

Open for Business Hub

The Open for Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period.

Stand for Small

Educational resources, network connections, offers and mentorship opportunities to help address your business needs.


Support of Non-Profits

Robin Hood Relief Fund

The Fund is accepting applications from organizations on a rolling basis for immediate response grants in the following priority areas:

  • Serves vulnerable populations including low-income children and families, low-wage workers, individuals and families who are homeless and immigrant communities.
  • Provides or will expand services to include emergency assistance (e.g. food, shelter, and other basic needs)
  • At risk for gaps in government contracts due to interruption of services
  • Incurred unexpected expenses (e.g. overtime pay, technology)
  • Track record with administering emergency cash grants to individuals and families


COVID-19 and Human Rights (Hate Crimes)

If you have faced harassment or discrimination in housing, at work, or in any public place, contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights by filling out the online form or by calling 311 and asking for “human rights.” If you are a victim of or witness a hate crime, call 911.

The New York State Attorney General urges those experiencing hate crimes and bias incidences to report them by emailing the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at civil.rights@ag.ny.gov, or calling 1-800-771-7755.

Locally, you may also report your incident to AAF ANTI-ASIAN BIAS REPORTING FORM created by Asian American Federation. This form is designed to help individuals in the tri-state area report how they have experienced hate and/or discrimination. This incident report form is made to track down hate crimes and civil violations, as well as physical threats and verbal assaults. All personal information will be kept confidential unless we explicitly receive permission from the individual.

Nationally, you may also report your incident to Stop AAPI Hate created by Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) to allow community members to report incidents of hate they have experienced. Individual information, including personal identification details, will be kept confidential and will only be shared with permission. In the aggregate, the information will be used for assistance, advocacy and education.


Price Gouging is ILLEGAL for ANY Item or Service Needed to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Examples include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Diagnostic products and services
  • Disinfectants (wipes, liquids, sprays)
  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medicines
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soap
  • Tissues
Were you overcharged? If you think a store excessively increased the price of these items beginning in March, file a complaint online or call 311 and say “Overcharge.”
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