COVID-19 Financial Assistance Resources

Updated Weekly

The purpose of this web page is to consolidate all of the financial assistance resources WEDI has come across that are available for you and your business. WEDI's Relationship Managers are available to assist you in accessing these resources. Please contact us if you need assistance. Below is a list of grants and low-interest loans designed for business relief and recovery.

New York Economy Re-Opening – Safely Re-Open Your Business
We encourage all businesses to complete the Safety Plan Template which should be made available to the Health Department if your business must be inspected. As New York State enters Phase II of re-opening it is important that you review the following best practices document.

Business Resources


If your business has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, you may qualify for these opportunities.

New This Week





New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership



Ongoing Grants:


COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant opened June 10

IFund Women Universal Grant Application

The City of Buffalo, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, and WEDI (microenterprise grant)

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) COVID-19 Disaster Relief 

Sales Tax Abatement for the purchase of non-production equipment

Erie County Microenterprise Loan/Grant Program


SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant

WomensNet - The Amber Grant Small Business Relief Fund (matching funds opportunity)

KKR Small Business Builders (create an an account with Hello Alice)

Jane Walker • IFW First Women (for self-ID'ed woman entrepreneur in entertainment & film, music, journalism, sports, STEM, and hospitality)


COVID-19 Funding for WNY and Finger Lakes Businesses


Small Business Administration

Review the different options (the SBA is currently offering four [4] different disaster aid products for businesses)

Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Aid (Instructions, with download forms and links)

Apply for Paycheck Protection Program (Instructions, with download forms and links)

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) COVID-19 Disaster Relief (COVID Impact Loan)

New York Forward Loan Fund

Kiva Financial Assistance

Personal Financial Assistance

New This Week




New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

New York State Unemployment

Apply for income - if you are unsure if you qualify under current circumstances, click here.

Guide for Self-Employed Individuals

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Protecting your (personal) finances during Coronavirus pandemic


One Fair Wage Emergency Fund


Official Resource Pages


United States Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Small Business Guide


Small Business Development Centers

Coronavirus Small Business Resources