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Grant programs helping small businesses around NYC

Posted at 5:24 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 18:24:47-04

NEW YORK — Private grant programs have become a lifeline for several small businesses around the New York City area, including the Spadet skincare company.

Spadet CEO and Founder Annabelle Santos searched for relief programs and found the Verizon Pay it Forward Initiative. Santos was awarded $10,000

“I have lots of expenses. I have rent,” Santos said. “I had a really big deal that was supposed to be implemented this summer to get into 100 Macy's backstage stores and that's been put on hold.”

Katie Davis, manager of Social Impact Strategies for Verizon told PIX11 News “it was really important to us that we are directing these grants to small businesses that may not have as much access to more traditional forms of capital.”

Ten local businesses received grants, including the Zabka New York cafe in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A new round of grant applications opens later this week.

Aroma’s Boutique Bakery, owned by two sisters in Harlem, also benefited from a $10,000 grant from Verizon.

“We had 100% of our events and weddings canceled in March and April,” said bakery co-owner Jo-Ann Barett.

Verizon Pay it Forward will offer another round of funding, applications open later this week.

Facebook committed to offering cash and advertising grants for up to 30,000 small businesses.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has a grant program for small businesses and a zero-interest loan for mid-size companies.

New York City offers a commercial lease program connecting eligible businesses with free legal services.