Buffalo Business Forward
Small Business Grant Program

The Buffalo Business Forward Grant Program will provide grants to small businesses that serve the community as these businesses recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program is funded by the City of Buffalo’s Community Development Block Group Coronavirus funding allocation.


The City of Buffalo, in partnership with Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State, and WEDI, invite all qualifying small businesses in the City of Buffalo to apply for this funding.

The purpose of this funding is to support businesses that serve the City of Buffalo community with goods and services.


Eligible Businesses:
  • Located within a low or moderate-income area (shaded areas of the map below), and provides goods or services to these areas

  • Neighborhood-serving businesses that provide goods and services to residents

  • 1-50 employee(s) including owner

  • Experienced business disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Earned less than $5,000,000 in Annual Gross Income for 2020

  • Current on taxes, have no petition for bankruptcy, and no pending liability claims

  • Business in operation as of March 17, 2020.

Ineligible Businesses

Businesses engaged in any of the following activities:​

  • Warehouse / Distribution / Storage

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Wholesale

  • Travel

  • Hotels

  • Taxi / Charters (including medical)

  • Motor Vehicle Sales

  • Auto Rental

  • Towing

  • Pet Animal Sales

  • Real Estate Brokerage / Property Management

  • Finance

  • Business where more than 50% of sales is for alcohol / smoking consumption is on premises

  • "Sin" Businesses (liquor store, smoke shop, massage parlor, gambling/ racetrack, hot tub facility, sun tanning facility, check cashing)

  • Not-for-Profit Entities.

Funding will Reimburse Following Expenses (up to $25,000):
  • Payroll

  • Commercial rent or mortgage

  • Utilities

  • Inventory for production and/or resale

  • Marketing and Professional Services

  • Moveable equipment.

How to Apply

Call or email the Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC):

(716) 878-4030

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