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$5m in small business grants for those impacted by Lake Ontario flooding

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Staff Writer | May 24, 2017
Lake Ontario flooding
Empire State   Up to $20,000 to small businesses

Up to $5 million in grants is available for small businesses that have experienced physical damage or loss as a result of the flooding in communities along Lake Ontariom N.Y.

The program provides up to $20,000 to small businesses to support the repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed real property and other tangible assets, including equipment, furniture, fixtures, supplies and inventory.

Funding will be provided through Empire State Development and applications will be made available in June.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also announced that DEC permitting offices and the state’s Emergency Response Mobile Command Centers will offer weekend hours throughout the summer to assist residents and businesses.

The grant program is open to eligible applicants in the counties identified in the Governor’s state of emergency declaration announced on May 2: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne counties.

Grants will be provided for flood-related costs that have not or will not be compensated by any other federal, state or local recovery program or any third-party payers.

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in state funding will be available to assist eligible local municipalities that have been impacted by the recent flooding.

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