Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now open for first time and second time borrowers

Application period closed March 31, 2021


SBA Applications:

First draw application here

Second draw application here
List of participating lenders

If you require additional assistance,or if you applied, please let Carey (carey@uptowngrandcentral) and Jackie (jtesman@unionsettlement) know. Following up with lenders will ensure they received your application. 

Lower East Side People's Credit Union
For PPP inquiries, email here. Or apply directly online on their website

Ponce Bank
Apply directly on Ponce Bank website here
If you require more one on one guidance  or with your business name, address (including zip code) and phone number.  Buy Local will forward your information to Ponce Bank who will then link  you directly to a manager to provide assistance.

Application here.  Or email Mark Brazier (English) at or Marcos Reyes (Spanish) at

Harlem Entrepreneurial  Fund
First time borrowers complete this form
Second time borrowers complete this form 
Email your form to:

Business Outreach Center
Complete inquiry form here 

Carver Bank
Reach out to Richard Muskus at

Sign up for application information here

Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund
Applications still open for full service restaurants with outdoor dining needs.  Application and information here

UMEZ (Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone)  
Loan criteria here
Loan application information here

East Harlem Small Business Grant  
APPLICATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 15, 2021.  See our flyers below and please tell your neighbor East Harlem business.

New York Forward Loan Fund
Working capital loans so that small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords have access to credit as they reopen. Available if businesses did not receive a U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program of greater than $50,000 or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 of any amount, except for EIDL advance grant of up to $10,000. Paid back over a 5-year term with interest.
Information here

"Bridge to Success" loan program. Loans up to $500,000 Available to minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBE)
Information here

Columbia Emergency Loan Fund
Loan Applicants must be clients of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center.  To become a client and apply for the loan as well as receive (pro-bono) business support,  click here to request business counseling. 
Information here


1664 Park Ave. (between 117th & 118th)

Committee information here                                                                              

Economic Development Committee generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Meeting time and location subject to change.  Please check CB11 Calendar for committee meeting schedule

Nilsa Orama, Chair 

Angel Mescain, District Manager

Carly Wine, Asst. District Manager

Marline Pierre, Community Associate


Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President  

Adriano Espaillat, Congress Member 13th Congressional District

Diana Ayala, NYC Council Member, District 8

Bill Perkins, NYC Council Member, District 9

Robert Rodriguez, Assembly Member, Assembly District 68

Brian Benjamin, NY State Senator, 30th Senate District

Jose Serrano, NY State Senate, 29th Senate District

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Buy Local East Harlem
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