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


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant 

Apply Here

Restaurant Revitalization Fund - Application opened May 3rd

Register Here 

Program Guide

Webinar overview




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 here

Erie County Microenterprise Loan/Grant Program

​Apply for a loan and grant combination


SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant 

Apply here

Caleb Brown – The Urban Excellence Community Grant

Apply here

WomensNet - The Amber Grant

Apply here Small Business Relief Fund

Review details on matching fund

KKR Small Business Builders

Apply for a Grant (create an an account with Hello Alice)

Jane Walker • IFW First Women

Apply for a Grant - (for self-IDed woman entrepreneur in any of the following categories: entertainment & film, music, journalism, sports, STEM and hospitality)


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


One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

FAQs and apply here




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