Mayor Walsh thanks SIDA for increasing funding after requests more than doubled allocation
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:
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.
Anything But Beer
AMC Painting Solutions LLC
Band Personal Care Protection
Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation
Chiodo Plumbing & Heating
CNY Dental Arts PLLC
Discovery Center (The MOST)
Funk ‘N Waffles
Heritage Bread Company
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
M Lemp Jewelers Inc.
Musical Associates of Central New York (Symphoria)
NE Community Center
Partners In Learning Inc.
Personal Fitness Programs Inc
Redhouse Arts Center Inc.
Salt City Coffee LLC
Samaritan Center Inc.
Southside Fitness LLC
Surf City Enterprises of Syracuse
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)
Zip Networks Inc
125 East Water Street LLC (The Evergreen Restaurant)
500 West Onondaga Street, Inc.