COVID-19 Financial Assistance Resources

Updated Weekly

The purpose of this web page is to consolidate all of the resources WEDI has come across that are available for you and your business. We will continue to update this page as we learn of more resources that are available for you and your business. WEDI's Relationship Managers are available to assist you in accessing these resources. Please contact us if you need assistance. 

As we continue to navigate COVID-19, it is very important that you and your business reduce as much money leaving as possible. Contact your lenders and creditors - they will offer deferred payments and other special programs to help. This includes your commercial and residential landlord too. Message from WEDI to all new clients. |  Message from WEDI to all existing clients

New York Economy Re-Opening – Safely Re-Open Your Business
We encourage all businesses to complete the
Safety Plan Template which should be made available to the Health Department if your business must be inspected. As New York State enters Phase II of re-opening it is important that you review the following best practices document.


Business Resources


If your business has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic then you may qualify for these products offered.

New this week

SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant 

Apply for a Grant

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Review details 


Restaurant Revitalization Fund



The City of Buffalo, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, WEDI

Microenterprise Grant

Cooperation Buffalo

Relief Fund for Cooperatives & Small Businesses

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) COVID-19 Disaster Relief 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) grants for your business 

Sales Tax Abatement for the purchase of non-production equipment

Erie County Back to Business Grant Program

Apply for a grant

Erie County Microenterprise Loan/Grant Program

​Apply for a loan or grant


Caleb Brown – The Urban Excellence Community Grant

Apply here

WomensNet - The Amber Grant

Apply here Small Business Relief Fund

Review details on matching fund


COVID-19 Funding for WNY and Finger Lakes Businesses

Apply here for a loan


Small Business Administration

Review the different options (the SBA is currently offering four [4] different disaster aid products for businesses)

Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Aid (Instructions, with download forms and links)

Apply for Paycheck Protection Program (Instructions, with download forms and links)

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) COVID-19 Disaster Relief 

COVID Impact Loan

 Working Capital/Equipment Gap Financing Loans

New York Forward Loan Fund

Apply for a loan

Kiva Financial Assistance

Apply for a loan

LISC's Small Business Relief

Apply for a loan

Closedmay reopen for subsequent rounds

Verizon & LISC WNY 


Citizens Bank




New York State Unemployment

Apply for income - if you are unsure if you qualify under current circumstances, click here.

Guide for Self-Employed Individuals


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Protecting your (personal) finances during Coronavirus pandemic


More coming... As of May 6: Across New York State is a government suspension of all evictions and foreclosures until August 20.




United States Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Small Business Guide


Small Business Development Centers

Coronavirus Small Business Resources

Closed* may reopen for subsequent rounds

The COVID Rent Relief Extension Program



WEDI's office is located at 436 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. To contact us, click here. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM. You may contact us to make an appointment outside regular hours. Please call our offices at (716) 393-4088 or email us at

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