NYC Love Your Local grants

NYC Love Your Local grants are open to small businesses operating for at least three years in New York City’s five boroughs.

To be considered for a Love Your Local Small Business Grant, applicants must, at least, meet the following criteria:

  • Must operate a commercial business
  • Must not be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law, rule or regulation
  • Food businesses subject to inspection by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene must have an A or B letter grade
  • Must have been operating in the City for a minimum of three (3) years prior to the date of the application
  • Must not operate a franchise, except franchises that the Small Business Administration has determined to be small businesses may be eligible
  • Must rent current location of operation from an entity or individual that is not affiliated with the applicant
  • Must not owe any federal, state or city taxes and must not be delinquent in payments owed to resolve judgement or liens
  • All required licenses or permits relating to the business must be current
  • Must document that it has experienced at least a 5% increase in costs directly related to operating in rented commercial space within the prior 10 years. Documentation may include, but need not be limited to: lease(s), utility bills, property tax bills, or cancelled checks, which reflect increased rental costs, an increased burden relating to payment of property taxes, or increased utility costs at its current location

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