COVID-19 Business Resource Page

We are committed to continuing the safe reopening of our economy and progressing towards long-term recovery while also reducing the risk of COVID-19. We maintain our commitment to the Dutchess County business community as a credible resource as we navigate these uncertain times. As we continue to collaborate with our partners and local, regional and national government towards economic recovery and resiliency; supporting our local business community and workforce is our main priority.

We want to ensure you are prepared for business disruption, including accessing government resources to mitigate potential impacts to your business and employees. We’ve compiled this list below of the most resources available:


COVID-19 Grants and Funding Resources


Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations with fewer than 100 employees that are currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (may be shuttered due to Covid-19 restrictions).

Central Hudson Back to Business Program

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. has launched its Back to Business funding program, committing up to $1 million in economic development support to provide local small businesses with grants to help pay down new working capital loans taken with participating local banks.

Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY)

CRNY is a three-year, $125 million investment in the financial stability of New York State artists and the organizations that employ them. CRNY will provide guaranteed income and employment opportunities for 2,700 artists whose primary residence is in New York State. These two programs will work to alleviate unemployment of artists, continue the creative work of artists in partnership with organizations and their communities, and enable artists to continue working and living in New York State under less financial strain.

The Guidelines for CRNY’s Guaranteed Income for Artists and Artist Employment Program are now live on the Creatives Rebuild New York website.

“Fast NY” Grant Program

Through Empire State Development, $200 million has been made available to support the new FAST NY grant program to develop sites that will attract high-tech manufacturing, particularly semiconductor manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and logistics businesses to the state to jumpstart New York’s shovel-readiness and increase the state’s attractiveness to large employers.

A new “FAST NY” Online Portal has been launched to solicit interest and provide program updates.

Expedited Openings for Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries and Meaderies

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the State Liquor Authority is now accepting applications for new permits to allow craft beverage manufacturing businesses the ability to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages while their liquor license is pending. These new permits can generally be processed and approved in less than 30 days, These permits allow businesses to manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages for a period of six months, or until the full application is approved, for a fee of just $125. The new permits may be extended for a three-month period for an additional $50 fee if necessary. The application for craft manufacturers to apply for the new temporary operating permits are available here.


Helpful links:

Economic Adjustment Assistance

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

Notice: COVID EIDL is no longer accepting new applications but will continue to accept requests for increases, reconsideration, and appeals. Contact the Office of Disaster Assistance Customer Service line at 800-659-2955.

EDA American Rescue Plan Programs

See all of the EDA American Rescue Plan Programs HERE


Department of Labor – Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Assistance Information

SBA PPP Program

PPP Frequently Asked Questions

NY State of Health

NYS DOL Shared Work Program

Report COVID-19 SCAMS 

Report any suspected fraud to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at: OIG Online Complaint Submission


Please contact Renee Richard for additional information and resources.


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