Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program

Empire State Development announced the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program to help businesses that have been affected by the rising Lake Ontario water levels.

This initiative will provide $30 million in grants of up to $200,000, to eligible applicants who experienced direct physical flood-related damage due to the high-water levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in 2019. 

Eligible applicant types are expected to include small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, farms, homeowners' associations and owners of rental properties.  Grants may be available to reimburse up to 50% of the eligible applicants capital improvement project.  

The following links provide more information on the program and an intake form for those entities that may be eligible to complete and submit directly to Empire State Development.
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will provide more information on Community Meetings held in conjunction with the Niagara County Center for Economic Development in the near future!