Syracuse Industrial Development Agency Approves Grants to More than 50 Small Businesses and Non-Profits for COVID-19 Response

Mayor Walsh thanks SIDA for increasing funding after requests more than doubled allocation

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) Board of Directors today approved 52 grants and one loan to small businesses and non-profits to help them respond to the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. From plumbers to fitness centers to theaters, SIDA will provide $308,000 dollars in assistance to businesses and non-profits located in or doing business in the City of Syracuse.

SIDA initially announced it would allocate $175,000 for the loan and grant program. After receiving applications totaling more than $500,000, the Board increased its allocation by an additional $133,000.

“The pandemic affects our lives every day, and it continues to take a steep toll on small businesses and non-profits. Many are in jeopardy of closing their doors, which would be devastating to our City,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “The response to SIDA’s offering is an indication of the need that exists. I want to thank SIDA for increasing its commitment to help more small businesses and non-profits get through this very difficult time.”

SIDA grants were provided to help recipients fund the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) or to acquire and install fixtures to prevent the spread of the virus. Applications were approved for purchases including face masks and shields, thermometers, clear plastic dividers, touchless faucets, and air purification filters for furnaces.

“The costs of responding to the pandemic are especially difficult on small businesses and non-profits. SIDA is pleased to be able to provide assistance to these organizations, which are critical to our local economy,” said Kathy Murphy, president of the SIDA board. “SIDA also appreciates the support of State Senator Rachel May and Assemblyman Al Stirpe, who co-sponsored the state legislation that allowed IDAs to make grants and loans available to respond to COVID-19.”

Grant recipients approved by SIDA are:

  • AMC Painting Solutions LLC
  • Anything But Beer
  • Band Personal Care Protection
  • Cellphone Expo
  • Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation
  • Chiodo Plumbing & Heating
  • CNY Dental Arts PLLC
  • Discovery Center (The MOST)
  • Dunbar Center
  • Everson Museum
  • Force
  • Funk ‘N Waffles
  • Gypsy Freedom
  • Heritage Bread Company
  • Housing Visions
  • Huntington Family Center
  • InterFaith Works of CNY
  • J B Brady Inc. d/b/a Brady Systems
  • Laci’s Ventures LLC DBA Laci’s Tapas Bar
  • Learning Disabilities of CNY dba LAUNCH
  • LiteracyCNY
  • M Lemp Jewelers Inc.
  • Mom’s  Diner
  • Musical Associates of Central New York (Symphoria)
  • MZHoque Enterprises
  • NE Community Center
  • Pamela McAlpine
  • Partners In Learning Inc.
  • Personal Fitness Programs Inc
  • Redhouse Arts Center Inc.
  • Salt City Coffee LLC
  • Samaritan Center Inc.
  • Scratch Bakehouse
  • Sky Armory
  • Southside Fitness LLC
  • SubCat Studios
  • Surf City Enterprises of Syracuse
  • Sweet Praxis
  • Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice
  • Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre
  • Syracuse City Ballet
  • Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union
  • The Cora Foundation (Art Rage)
  • The Reading League
  • The Westcott Inc.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
  • Westcott Community Center
  • Yankel & Company Catering (Today’s Special)
  • Yvette Edwards
  • Zip Networks Inc
  • 125 East Water Street LLC (The Evergreen Restaurant)
  • 500 West Onondaga Street, Inc.

SIDA awarded grants to 24 non-profits and 28 businesses. SIDA also awarded a loan to the Volunteer Lawyers Project, a Syracuse non-profit that provides legal assistance to people in needed.