City + State Programs to Help Businesses


In response to social distancing and limited capacity that businesses must follow, there are several programs that enable businesses to expand their footprint and increase traffic.

Open Storefronts

This program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. Eligible businesses can conduct activity on sidewalks, adjacent parking spaces or a combination of both. Program open through September 30, 2021.
Learn more.

Open restaurants

This permanent program enables restaurants to expand their outdoor seating “foot print” to sidewalks and adjacent parking spots.
Learn more about the program, if you are eligible and how to apply.

Restaurants participating please be aware of the following links:

Open culture

Open Culture is a new permit type allowing eligible arts, cultural institutions and entertainment venues to hold ticketed performances in participating streets. Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more about who is eligible and how to apply.

NY PopsUp

A festival initiative featuring hundreds of pop-up performances meant to jumpstart the state’s live entertainment industry. Click here for access to the website and newly posted FAQ’s.
Learn more.

Shuttered Venues Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. Learn More.

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