Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Relief Program

All Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program funds have been awarded.  We were able to assist numerous hospitality/tourism businesses throughout the County.  Additional funds for this program are not available at this time.  Please contact Ostrander Consulting about other funding sources which may be available for your business.  Ostrander Consulting is paid by Ontario County.  They may be reached at:

 

(585) 497-3446 or

(607) 483-0734 or

Visit their website at http://www.ostrandersconsulting.com/

VISIT ONTARIO COUNTY COVID RELIEF PROGRAM

 

Do you want assistance applying for and complying with the Ontario County Economic Development Corp.’s grant assistance for hospitality and tourism businesses?  Please contact Ostrander Consulting:

 

(585) 497-3446 or

(607) 483-0734 or

Visit their website at http://www.ostrandersconsulting.com/

 

Ostrander Consulting is paid for by Ontario County.  They can not only help you apply for our funding, but can help any small business apply for pandemic relief funding from New York State and the SBA.

$20,000 - $60,000 Grants Available for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses located in Ontario County with 25 or Fewer Employees

These grants are designed to help the tourism and hospitality industry, one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and an important economic generator for Ontario County. $1,000,000 is available through the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” to support small businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry create new jobs, restore jobs or retain jobs that are at risk of being lost. 

The “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” is administered through Ontario County Economic County Development Corporation (OCEDC) and Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (FLVC). 

We want to help you access this money. We have partnered with Ostrander’s Consulting to streamline the application process, so it is as easy as possible for you. Their team can help:

  • Understand business eligibility
  • Apply for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program”
  • Fill out necessary paperwork
  • Review and apply for other funding opportunities available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and Empire State Development

Why is it important? This grant program provides assistance that hasn’t been available before. You don’t want to leave money on the table! 

Take advantage of these programs by meeting with Ostrander’s Consulting.

Please call (585) 497-3446 or (607) 483-0734 to make an appointment!


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Applications will be accepted BEGINNING December 20th, 2021

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis by Ontario County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) and evaluated using a standard rubric. 

Ontario Business Application - Fillable Form

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Please use the link below to listen to the Podcast, an interview with Ted Baker at FingerLakes1.com

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 FAQs:

What is the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program”?

In accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), Ontario County received a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant to help the community build back stronger and more resilient from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ontario County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) established the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” on behalf of Ontario County and is working with the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (FLVC) to administer these funds to small businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Program will provide grants to eligible businesses to support customer and staff safety, improve, and expand business operations, and improve business resiliency. 

What type of support will the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” provide?

Assistance will be in the form of a grant of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds made to an eligible business applicant. Program assistance will not be considered where the amount of the required assistance is less than $10,000, and total program assistance provided to a single business shall not exceed the aggregate amount of $60,000.

Who is eligible for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program”?

To be eligible to apply for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program,” you must be a small, for-profit business located in Ontario County, NY in the tourism and hospitality industry that was impacted by the pandemic. Your business must have 25 or fewer employees at the time of application and be looking to create new jobs, restore jobs or retain jobs that are at risk of being lost. 

For more information about your eligibility for this program and others, please email Nichola Ostrander or Donna Scrivens with Ostrander’s Consulting. You may also call them at (585) 497-3446 or (315) 781-1994.

What other funding opportunities are available for my small business?

In addition to the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” outlined above, there are other funding opportunities available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and Empire State Development. Schedule an appointment with Ostrander’s Consulting to learn about these programs. 

Note: eligibility may differ across programs administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Empire State Development. 

How do I apply for funding? 

Contact Nichola Ostrander or Donna Scrivens with Ostrander’s Consulting for assistance in applying for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” or any of the other above-mentioned programs. You may also call them at (585) 497-3446 or (315) 781-1994. Ostrander’s Consulting can help you gather the appropriate information and complete the necessary paperwork to apply. 

What is the timeline of the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program”?

Applications for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

Additional questions may be sent to Nichola Ostrander or Donna Scrivens with Ostrander’s Consulting, who can assist you in finding the best funding source for your business and filling out the appropriate paperwork. You may also call them at (585) 497-3446 or (315) 781-1994.