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About the Program

The City of Corning Small Business Grant Program is funded through the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The City of Corning Small Business Grant Program will provide grants to businesses based on a priority and lottery basis. Businesses with ten (10) or fewer full time equivalent (FTE) employees are eligible to apply. Businesses will be chosen to receive the grant funds on a lottery basis, within the following prioritization:

  • Priority 1: Family entertainment businesses where their primary purpose is indoor recreation and have been closed down for 5 or more months are eligible for up to $20,000.
 
  • Priority 2: Any businesses that have been closed down for at least one month or restaurants and hotels with revenue losses of 50% or greater are eligible for up to $5,000. These businesses include the following industries:
    • Nail salons
    • Hair salons
    • Bars
    • Tattoo and Piercing Parlors
    • Estheticians/Massage Therapy
    • Non-essential Retail (clothing, gift shops, and non-food retail)
    • Non-essential Day Care/Preschools (excluding home-based day care and preschools)
    • Pet Grooming
    • Landscapers
    • Gyms and Fitness
    • Restaurants with revenue losses of 50% or greater
    • Ag-based retail and manufacturing
    • Hotels with revenue losses of 50% or greater
 
  • Priority 3: Businesses with costs associated with the impacts of business closures, costs associated with adherence to local requirements for safe business re-openings, or financial impacts due to loss of sales as a result of COVID-19 are eligible for up to $1,500. These businesses include the following industries:
    • Auto Repair
    • Delivery Service
    • Contractors
    • Grocery Stores
    • Essential Retail (Hardware stores, Laundromats, and Convenience stores)
    • Medical Offices and Pharmacies
    • Janitorial Services
    • Office-based businesses (excluding home-based office)
    • Auto and Fuel Sales
    • Storage Units
 

A lottery for Priority 1 businesses will be conducted first. Any remaining funds after the Priority 1 lottery will be available for the Priority 2 lottery. Any remaining funds after the Priority 2 lottery will be available for the Priority 3 lottery. The total amount for the grant program is $94,035. This amount will support approximately 16 small business grants for companies located and operating within the City of Corning.

Eligible Uses

Grant funds may be used for economic support to businesses in order to assist with direct costs incurred as a result of COVID-19 including:

  • Costs associated with the impacts of business closures,
  • Costs associated with adherence to local requirements for safe business re-openings, and
  • Financial impacts due to loss of sales as a result of COVID-19.