The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is proud to introduce the 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!
Kathleen LeibachCafe Deli-licious, Troy
Grant amount: $5,000 for operating expenses. “Without this grant I would have had to close Café Deli-icious after 17 years,” says Leibach. Leibach’s business has been dependent on foot traffic from nearby colleges and offices. Without that, her business has been struggling – a lot. Leibach says the grant will help her adapt to a post-COVID-19 environment, including changing her menu, the way she gets food to customers, and her restaurant interior. “This $5,000 allows me to rethink how we are doing things and make the changes my business needs to move forward. This grant money will help us get through these changes & open up doors to new possibilities! I could not be more grateful to you and your sponsors.”
Rockie MannJAFJR Construction, Albany
Award amount: $18,000 for operating expenses. “Simply speaking, the grant was a lifesaver for my company. It helped me pay workers when I won a project. It made it possible for me to pay rent, re-establish operational services, and begin the interview process to bring on an administrative person. More than that, it helped to relieve the stress that I was feeling in terms of securing necessary funding at a time when there was such a demand for this funding from much larger and established companies,” says Mann.
Help us grow this grant program and provide support to additional small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.