The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is proud to introduce more COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Program grant recipients.

We would not be able to provide these grant awards without the generous support of our funders: Neil and Jane Golub, the Capital Region Chamber, Berkshire Bank, Citizens Bank, KeyBank, as well as other community organizations and municipalities.

With their support, we have been able to make awards to 15 businesses from across the Capital Region, representing a range of industries.

Here’s some of the grant recipients that you just have to meet!

David Anderson
David AndersonAnderson Construction, Cohoes
Grant amount: $20,000 to assist with operating expenses, payroll at this minority-owned construction business. “Without this grant from the Community Loan Fund, my business would not be able to take care of our expenses. We thank you so much for your support,” says Anderson.

Mark Yonally
Mark YonallyB. Lodge & Company
Grant amount: $20,000 to assist this 153-year-old family-owned department store stay in operation. “This grant from the Community Loan Fund means so much to us. It will help B. Lodge&Co pay our bills and employees and to breath a little easier in these uncertain times,” says Yonally. “We are honored to be part of such a great community, as a family-owned department store.”

Patrick Kiley
Patrick KileyPublication Studio Hudson
Grant amount: $5,000 to assist this independent publisher with production costs associated with 2020 sales. “This grant from the Community Loan Fund means so much to Publication Studio Hudson, as it will allow us to pursue several book and print projects with a diversity of local and regional artists and writers,” says Kiley.

Karen Maxwell
Karen MaxwellKema's Kreations, Albany
Grant amount: $20,000 to assist this clothing and bag designer with operation and production expenses during the pandemic. “Having been a recipient of the grant means a blessing amidst a storm,” says Maxwell. “My company can pay my staff and get the equipment needed to streamline the process and provide a quicker turnaround for products.”

Natalia O'Connor
Natalia O'ConnorDance Fire Studio & Fitness, Niskayuna
Grant amount: $10,000 to assist this dance studio with operating expenses and transitioning to virtual studio. “This grant from the Community Loan Fund means so much because it will enable us to continue meeting our payroll, rent and utilities expenses for our dance studio as well as help us develop new dance and fitness programs for the local community and beyond, with the opportunity to reach people all across the country,” says O’Connor. “Community Loan Fund has been a tremendous resource ever since our inception and continues to provide businesses like ours support and guidance through this prolongued unexpected hardship.”

Help us grow this grant program and provide support to additional small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.