Downtown Syracuse Business and Property Owners,

We’re pleased to share two announcements from the City of Syracuse:

1)     New COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program – Grants and Loans
The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) is now accepting applications from small businesses and not-for-profit corporations in the City of Syracuse for loan and grant assistance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new funding consists of both grant and loan opportunities: Grants of between $500 and $10,000 can be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) or to acquire and install fixtures to help prevent the spread of the virus; and loans of between $3,000 and $25,000 can be used for any purpose related to responding to the pandemic.

Eligible businesses must be located and conduct business in the City of Syracuse, have no more than 50 employees, and have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by New York State. Applications for a portion of the $175,000 total funding are due on Friday, August 14. SIDA expects to make decisions on loan and grant awards during the week of August 24.

For grant program instructions, click here ; for the grant application, click here . For loan program instructions, click here ; for the loan application, click here .

Completed applications can be submitted via email to or mailed to: Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, 202 E. Washington St., Syracuse, NY 13202.
If you have questions as you complete the application, please reach out to Judy DeLaney, Executive Director of SIDA, at or (315) 473-3275. To visit the SIDA webpage, click here .

2)     New City Permitting Process

The City of Syracuse has a new and improved permitting process! Learn about the new process and opportunities for development at a WebEx event tomorrow, July 30 th , 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM . The presentation will cover the following areas of improvement – Process, Communication, Technology, and Space – followed by a Q&A.

To RSVP, visit
To log on to the Cisco WebEx presentation, visit
Access Code 129 826 6873
Password: permits
And, as a reminder: Applications for the Advance Media New York (AMNY) Cares Matching Grant Program are due this Friday, July 31! Click here to apply for matching funds for your marketing dollars with Advance Media.

For questions related to business operations and resources in Downtown Syracuse, please contact our Economic Development team at (315) 412-7878 or email .