Chatham Business Grants

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund: Chatham Business Grants

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Business Coalition, 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.

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
  • Nonprofits are now eligible to apply
  • Fewer than 10 employees
  • Less than $1 million in annual revenue
  • Open to the public and primarily reliant on foot traffic for customers, i.e. will attract residents and visitors to the village.

Please note: 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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability of funding