Small Business Assistance Grant Program

The goal of the Rockland County Small Business Assistance Grant is to aid for-profit small businesses located within the County of Rockland jurisdictional boundaries. This grant is a reimbursement program utilizing funds carried over from the former Rockland Economic Development Corp., (REDC) a nonprofit government-funded economic development organization, which was discontinued, and its board disbanded in 2019. This resulted in the Rockland County’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism assuming the responsibilities along with the organization’s funds. Given the current financial challenges that small businesses are facing, Rockland County is pleased to offer this Small Business Assistance Grant. Individual grants will be awarded to select applicants who meet the eligibility requirements below.

Application Download:

Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, applications for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program are no longer being accepted.

GRANT AWARDS:

  • Minimum $5,000
  • Maximum $15,000

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • For-profit businesses with a maximum of 25 employees.
  • Owner is 18 years or older.
  • Business is not currently in bankruptcy.
  • Business must be currently operational.
  • Applicant is 51% + majority owner of the business.
  • Applicant must not be listed on the federal debarred list.
  • Business has a valid EIN & DUNS number.
  • Business must be located within the County of Rockland Jurisdictional Area.
  • Owner is current with all local, state, and federal taxes, fees, and any other debt payments to the County of Rockland.

ELIGIBLE USE OF FUNDS:

Funds will be made available after expenses have been approved and the proper documentation is submitted. Only expenses incurred after March 3rd, 2020, may be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Rent/Mortgage (arrears).
  • Inventory (finished goods, raw materials/components, etc.).
  • Marketing expenses (advertising and promotion, etc.).
  • Small equipment (such as items required for a worker’s job function, etc.).
  • Supplies (operational items).
  • Maintenance/Repairs (such as corrective and preventive care of machinery, equipment, etc.).

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program:

Email:

  1. Complete and sign the application.
  2. Scan the completed application.
  3. Attach the completed application to an email.

    In the body of your email, please include:
    • Your Name
    • Business Name
    • Contact Information
  4. Send email to: Explorerocklandny@co.rockland.ny.us
USPS Mail:

  1. Complete and sign the application.  
  2. Make copies of the completed application for your records.
  3. Mail the completed application to:
Office of Economic Development & Tourism
50 Sanatorium Road
Building A, 8th Fl. Room# 824
Pomona NY, 10970

Application Download:

Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, applications for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program are no longer being accepted.