Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Business Coalition, have established the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to provide cash grants to small businesses operating in communities impacted by the economic consequences of the coronavirus.

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Apply: Chatham business grants

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Previous grantees



Columbia County is fortunate to have many restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and other independently-owned small businesses. These small shops and their passionate owners and employees contribute to our quality of life and the economic vibrancy that makes our county such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. They are also our friends and neighbors, and it is critical to help them address the economic challenges the pandemic has caused on their small businesses. 

The Columbia County Business Continuity Fund supports small businesses with 1) fewer than 10 employees and 2) less than $1 million in annual revenue that are open to the public and are reliant on foot traffic for customers.

All donations will go directly toward supporting small businesses in Columbia County.




Lael Locke, a longtime resident of Chatham, has generously donated $15,000 to the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to support a grant cycle benefitting small businesses in the village of Chatham. Grants of up to $1,000 will be made available to provide interim relief to distressed Chatham businesses by providing operating funds that can defray the costs related to operating or reopening, including implementation of required safety measures, rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, supplies, inventory, and marketing-related expenses.

Grant Criteria

Funds will be awarded to businesses in good financial standing prior to the pandemic and that meet the established criteria:

  • Independently owned business in the village of Chatham
  • Fewer than 10 employees
  • Less than $1 million in annual revenue
  • Storefront open to the public and primarily reliant on foot traffic for customers, i.e. stores/businesses that will attract residents and visitors to the village.

Please note: Nonprofits, contractors, professional services and farms, in addition to businesses that were previously awarded Business Continuity funding, are not eligible to apply for this grant cycle.

Application Details

The application is expected to take 30 minutes to complete and will require:

  • Business information: Name, address, tax ID number
  • Most recent ST-100, ST-101 or NYS-45 return
  • A description of the financial impact incurred as a result of the COVID-19 mandated closures (percent of revenue decline)
  • A detailed description of the intended use of funds, including how a grant will help restore business operations
  • Agreement to have your business name published in the event you receive a grant

The online application will open on June 1. Applications are due June 15 by 4 p.m. Check back here for a link to the application.



Berkshire Taconic and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation awarded a total of 92 grants to local businesses in April through the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund. This joint effort with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Business Coalition was launched to raise new resources in support of small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note: the application process closed April 15. The fund has awarded a total of nearly $190,000. Grants of either $1,500, $2,500 or $3,250 were awarded based on severity of need. Below is a list of recipient businesses.

The Pond Restaurant 

Hilltown Country Smokehouse, Inn at Silver Maple Farm

Bimi's Cheese Shop, Lagonias Pizzeria, Old Chatham Child Care, PieconicNY, The Warm Ewe

Olde York Farm

Dads Copake Diner, Depot Deli

Central House Hotel Inn, Germantown Laundromat, Quittner Antiques  

Boxwood Linen

Hudson Polish Delicatessen, KS Fitness, Lumber Jack Athletics, Railroad CrossFit, Taconic Driving School

Foxy & Winston, Hillsdale House, Passiflora, Tiny Hearts Farm Flower Shop, Trudy's Beauty Shop

2hotteez, A Collector's Eye, Antigo, Batterby House, Bavier Brook, Behida Dolic Millinery, Bodhi Holistic Spa, Bruno's, Colonia Casa, Dish Hudson, Fig & Bella, Finch, Flowerkraut, Geoffrey Good Jewelry, Good Fight Herb Co., Home/Made Hudson, Hudson City Bed and Breakfast, Hudson Clothier, I'M Beauty Store, Inn at 34, Jonathan's Computers, LikeMindedObjects, LYF Fitness, M&J's Unisex Hair Studio, Mane Street Hairstyles, Mount Merino Manor, Oak Pizzeria Napoletana, Pampered Pooch Grooming Salon, Pilates Hudson, R McCarroll Upholstery Designs, Relish Delights, Rev Cafe, River Pilates, September Gallery, Sideshow Clothing Co., Spruce Salon, Tanzy's, The Bee's Knees, The Half Moon, The Nest, Valley Variety, Verdigris Tea

Broad Street Bagel Company, Ruff Cuts, The Flammerie

New Lebanon
Berkshire Thrift, Bucky's Bagels, Godfroy's Service Station, M & M’s Tap Room and Tavern, Masterpiece Jewelry Studio, Ward Hatch Mechanical

Pico de Gallo 

Beaver Mill Antiques, Chris' Cafe, Cross-Eyed Owl Gift Shop, Filli's Deli and Bakery, KJ's Gymnastics, KT Hair Studio, Main Street Diner, Mairanda's Cutting Edge



Our fund has been supported by nearly 60 generous individual donors, corporations and foundations. Together, they have raised over $223,000 for the fund. Contributors of $1,000 or more are listed below. 

The Community Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Columbia Economic Development Corporation

BTCF Funds and Donors:
The Fund for Columbia County
Dr. Christopher Rothko
Jodi L. Dady
Kristin Gamble
Lael Locke/City Child Fund
Linda Gatter/Max Dannis Fund
Martha McMaster and Sheldon Evans
Pierce Soiussat/Bioforce USA
Richard Skiermont
Stephen Mack and Brian Schaefer
Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger/The Spark of Hudson
Suzette and Seth Masters
Tony Jones
William Sullivan/Hudson Valley Creamery

Foundations and Businesses:
Arthur and Eileen Newman Family Foundation
Berkshire Bank
Henry L. Kimelman Foundation
Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation
MetzWood Insurance