FEBRUARY 26, 2024


Second Year of Grants Builds on $22 Million in Historic Investments in Developing City's Commercial Corridors

NEW YORK - New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim today announced that the city is awarding $4.79 million in grants to 69 organizations to support neighborhood-based merchants associations and commercial corridors. On the heels of Mayor Adams's third State of the City and in policies outlined by the city and state's joint "New" New York Plan, these grants put resources directly into community organizations across all five boroughs, empowering local residents to improve the livability, cleanliness, and safety of their neighborhoods.

The $4.79 million will be distributed in four categories: $915,000 for Merchant Organizing Strategic Impact Grants, $585,000 in Business Improvement District (BID) Development Grants, $375,000 for Citywide Small BID Support Grants, and $2.9 million for Single District Small BID Grants.

"This next round of neighborhood development grants reflects our administration's commitment to our city's neighborhoods and public spaces," said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce Maria Torres-Springer. "I want to thank our community partners for their steadfast work in the equitable development of commercial corridors across the five boroughs. These historic investments will make New York City a safer, more prosperous place for everyone."

"I am so proud to announce this year's merchant organizing and BID grant recipients," said SBS Commissioner Kevin D. Kim. "These grants allow us to invest directly into some of our city's greatest assets: its diverse, vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors. I want to thank all of our BID and community partners for all their hard work in making NYC the City of Yes for small business."

"Our business improvement districts and merchants associations are essential partners in maintaining and activating our lively commercial corridors, transforming them into vibrant public spaces," said Chief Public Realm Officer Ya-Ting Liu. "I applaud the NYC Department of Small Business Services for providing our partners with much-needed financial support as they do important work in our local communities every day."

"I applaud the Dept. of Small Business Services for investing in our communities by way of this $4.79 million in grant funding," said New York City Council Member Oswald Feliz. "Small businesses bring opportunity to our communities, and ensure commercial corridors remain vibrant. We must support them every way we can."

"Fostering vibrant neighborhoods requires strategic investment in our communities, and these grants demonstrate the significant efforts the Adams Administration is making towards that goal," said "New" New York Executive Director B.J. Jones. "These local organizations across the five boroughs are on the frontlines helping to improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses."

"This injection of funding for smaller Business Improvement Districts greatly expands our capacity and is a worthy and high-impact community investment! With these funds we are able to increase our supplemental sanitation services, commission public art, launch new programs to support small businesses, and positively impact the neighborhoods we serve," said Robert Benfatto and Erin Piscopink, Co-Chairs, NYC BID Association. "BIDs are nimble, responsive and uniquely positioned to promote the quality of life and economic success of our neighborhoods. These grants give us the opportunity to innovate and expand services that do just that. The New York City BID Association thanks Mayor Adams and the City Council for their continued support."

Merchant Organizing Strategic Impact Grants will go to 11 neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations to both form new merchants associations and support existing ones. Projects and services will align with best practices outlined in SBS's Comprehensive Guide to Starting a Merchants Association. The following 11 organizations will receive a combined $915,000 in grants:

  • Asian American Federation, Elmhurst, Queens
  • Bangladeshi Humanitarian and Leadership Outreach (BHALO), Jamaica, Queens
  • Brooklyn Alliance, Canarsie, Brooklyn
  • Deh Abroad Village, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
  • Inwood Merchant Association, Inwood, Manhattan
  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Oakland Gardens, Queens
  • KRVC Development Corp., Riverdale, Bronx
  • New York Women's Chamber of Commerce, West Harlem, Manhattan
  • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition, Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx
  • Queens County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, College Point, Queens
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Rosebank, Staten Island

BID Development Grants will be disbursed to 14 community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to fund the staffing, planning, and implementation of new BID formation. The following 14 CBDOs will receive a combined $585,000 in grants to begin the BID formation process:

  • Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island, Brooklyn
  • Bridge Street Development Corporation/North Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  • Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Upper East Side, Manhattan
  • Community League of the Heights, Washington Heights, Manhattan
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, East New York, Brooklyn
  • Davidson Community Center, Burnside-Jerome-Tremont (BJT), Bronx
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Gowanus, Brooklyn
  • Little Haiti BK, Flatbush, Brooklyn
  • Rockaway East Merchants Association For United Synergy (REMA4US), Rockaway, Queens
  • South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation/Smith Street Alliance, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, St. George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton, Staten Island
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Mariners Harbor, Staten Island
  • Uptown Grand Central, East Harlem, Manhattan
  • West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation, West Brighton, Staten Island

Citywide Small BID Support Grants will go to two organizations to help small BIDs with technical assistance, including consultations, workshops, and planning. The following organizations will receive a combined $375,000:

  • Bronx Economic Development Corporation, Bronx
  • Urban Design Forum, Brownsville, Brooklyn; Capitol District, Bronx; Sunnyside, Queens

Single District Small BID Grants will go to 42 BIDs across the city and are awarded to small BIDs with assessments under $1 million. The following 42 BIDs will receive a combined $2.9 million in grants:

  • 161st Street BID, Grand Concourse, Bronx
  • 82nd Street Partnership, Jackson Heights, Queens
  • 86th Street Bay Ridge BID, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
  • Atlantic Avenue BID, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
  • Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
  • Bayside Village BID, Bayside, Queens
  • Bed-Stuy Gateway BID, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  • Belmont BID, Belmont and Little Italy, Bronx
  • Brighton Beach BID, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
  • Castle Hill BID, Castle Hill, Bronx
  • Church Flatbush Community Alliance, Flatbush, Brooklyn
  • Columbus Amsterdam BID, Upper West Side and Manhattan Valley, Manhattan
  • Columbus Avenue BID, Upper West Side, Manhattan
  • Downtown Flushing Transit Hub BID, Flushing, Queens
  • East Brooklyn BID, East New York, Brooklyn
  • Flatbush-Nostrand Junction BID, Flatbush, Brooklyn
  • Forest Avenue BID, West Brighton, Staten Island
  • Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
  • Graham Avenue BID, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • Grand Street BID, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • Jerome-Gun Hill BID, Norwood, Bronx
  • Kings Highway BID, Midwood, Brooklyn
  • Montague Street BID, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
  • Morris Park BID, Morris Park, Bronx
  • Myrtle Avenue BID, Ridgewood, Queens
  • Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
  • New Dorp Lane BID, New Dorp, Staten Island
  • NoHo NY BID, NoHo, Manhattan
  • North Flatbush Avenue BID, Park Slope and Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
  • Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID, Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • Pitkin Avenue BID, Brownsville, Brooklyn
  • South Shore BID, Great Kills, Eltingville, and Annadale, Staten Island
  • Southern Boulevard BID, Longwood, Bronx
  • Steinway Street BID, Astoria, Queens
  • Sunnyside Shines BID, Sunnyside, Queens
  • Sunset Park BID, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Throggs Neck BID, Throggs Neck, Bronx
  • Washington Heights BID, Washington Heights, Manhattan
  • West Shore BID, West Shore, Staten Island
  • West Village BID, West Village, Manhattan
  • Westchester Square BID, Westchester Square, Bronx
  • Woodhaven BID, Woodhaven, Queens

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