Applications Now Open for $950,000 in Funding to Support Small- to Medium-sized Businesses in Ulster County

Posted November 2, 2022

Ulster County CARES II Small Business Assistance Program is accepting applications now through December 11th, 2022 

After the success of the Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance program, Ulster County is providing a second round of critical funding to support the local economy 

Through the collaboration of the County Legislature and Department of Economic Development, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding is being used to create a second small business assistance program 

KINGSTON, N.Y. - The Office of the Ulster County Executive announced today that applications are now open for $950,000 in funding to support small- to medium-sized businesses in Ulster County. The Cares II Small Business Assistance Program Informational Webinar, held earlier this week, is now available online.

To qualify for funding, businesses must have 25 or fewer employees. A wide variety of business expenses, including rent, payroll, equipment and fixed assets will be eligible for reimbursement through the program. The maximum grant award per business is $35,000. 

The CARES II Small Business Assistance Program is modeled after the successful Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance Program to help local small businesses pivot and adapt from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through collaboration between the Ulster County Legislature and the Ulster County Department of Economic Development, $1,000,000 of American Rescue Plan funding was allocated for awards to over 25 small- to medium-sized businesses and administered through the Ulster County Department of Economic Development in partnership with the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance. The allocation includes $50,000 for program delivery and administration in addition to the funds that will be provided directly to businesses.  

The application is now live at Visit the webpage to view application instructions, eligible use of funds, the scoring rubric and to watch the CARES II Program Webinar with Q&A. Additional questions can be submitted via email to oed[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us.