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Businesses face Friday deadline to apply for flood recovery grants

ALBANY - Eligible entities that sustained flood-related damage as a result of Tropical Storms Irene and/or Lee have three more days to apply for assistance through the Business Flood Recovery Grant Program. The program was launched in January, and the funding application deadline is Friday, March 16.

"These funds will go directly to small businesses and communities that are still recovering from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee," Governor Andrew. Cuomo said. "I encourage farm and small business owners to submit their applications this week so they can receive the resources they need to rebuild."

ESD is administering the $21 million Business Flood Recovery Grant Program, which will provide grants of up to $20,000 for eligible small businesses, farms, multiple dwellings and not-for-profits that sustained direct, physical flood-related damage in Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. Funding is geared to help offset the costs of storm-related repairs and restoration of structures not covered by other federal, state or local recovery programs. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest need.

Applicants can access the application form, instructions and guidelines, as well as additional information about the program, at Information can also be obtained by calling 518-292-5340 or emailing