Supporting Queens Small Business

The Queens Small Business Grant Program aims to support Queens small businesses that are minority-owned or located in a low- to moderate-income community or a community hardest hit by COVID-19. The program is a partnership between the City and several community-based organizations and offers grants to Queens businesses and vendors with 20 or fewer employees.

Eligible applicants can receive grants equaling three months of their average 2019 revenue, up to $20,000

Program Eligibility

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria to be considered for a grant:

  • Be located in Queens
  • Operate as a first-floor storefront business, a second-floor restaurant, or a street vendor
  • Employed 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees in 2019
  • Earned gross revenue of less than $1 million in 2019, or less than $3 million if a restaurant
  • Have no tax liens or unresolved judgments
  • Generated a profit or came close to breaking even in 2019

Required Documents

All applicants must submit a completed application and following documents:

  • 2019 tax returns (personal or business, whichever includes the business revenue)
  • A signed copy of a 4506-T form for the tax return submitted, which can be found here
  • Three most recent months of business bank statements
  • Copy of a government-issued identification card
  • If requested: A letter from the applicant’s landlord, on the landlord’s letterhead, that states that the applicant is meeting their current obligation to their landlord

Street vendors must also submit the following items:

  • Most recent New York State Quarterly Sales Tax filing
  • General Vendor License (if relevant to your vendor type)
  • Mobile Food Vending License (if relevant to your vendor type)