Grant Programs

Delaware County RAIL Grant

In order to address the economic impact of COVID-19 in Delaware County, this program has been designed to assist businesses with activities related to preventing the spread of the virus, responding to impacts of the virus and safely reopening and preparing their businesses for new safety protocols.

Businesses in Delaware County have faced shutdowns, operating at minimum capacity and other disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic while also having to adapt their businesses in order to survive during the pandemic. These businesses incurred unforeseen costs associated with the pandemic, including normal operating costs while receiving a limited business income. Additionally, some businesses are still undertaking projects in order to prepare for, respond to and prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the Delaware County RAIL Grant is to provide assistance to these small businesses that incurred costs while responding to, preparing for and preventing the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please click here.

Delaware County Tourism Promotion and Development Grant Program

The Delaware County Occupancy Tax was enacted into law by the Board of Supervisors for the purposes of creating a dedicated funding stream to promote and develop the tourism industry within Delaware County and stimulating economic growth.  Funds raised through the occupancy tax will be utilized to support the implementation of programs designed to promote and increase tourism in Delaware County, as well as projects relating to capital and infrastructure investments supporting the further development of this industry. Grant awards range up to $5,000. Learn more about the tourism grant program here.

Other Grant Assistance

Other than the tourism grant program, Delaware County Economic Development does not administer a grant program, but will work with you to identify any existing grants that other organizations are offering. We post grants on our website and social media channels regularly. Please check back here for the latest grant opportunities.

If you are interested in starting or growing your business in Delaware County and are looking to identify grants, we strongly suggest putting together everything you will need to discuss the opportunities with the Delaware County Economic Development team.

The assets you will need typically include:

  • A business plan
  • Your financial records (taxes for the last 2-3 years)

Once we have the whole package, we can help you identify any available grants and lending opportunities that might be right for your business.