Delaware County Resiliency and Income Loss Grant

The objective of the Delaware County Resiliency and Income Loss (RAIL) Grant is to utilize funding received through NYS Homes and Community Renewal under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (CDBG-CV) to assist businesses in Delaware County to prepare for, prevent and respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In order to meet the different needs of businesses responding to, preventing and preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic, Delaware County has created two separate categories within this grant program: COVID Resiliency and Economic Loss. Businesses may apply for assistance under only one of the two categories.

COVID Resiliency category was created to assist businesses that need to or already have adapted their operations in order to prepare for, prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that applicants under this category will primarily utilize funding to cover expenses related to COVID-19 impacts including equipment, working capital and

fixtures that expand or improve capacity to a level necessary to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to allow for flexibility, these can be projects that have already been completed and expenses having occurred in the past back to March 13, 2020.

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of a delivery or service vehicle in order to provide an at-home or at-business delivery or service during the pandemic
  • Expansion of outdoor dining space (some outdoor dining projects may count as construction projects which would require federal environmental review. Please contact the Delaware County Economic Development for more information.)
  • Developing an online store and all expenses related to that launch (marketing, web development, graphic design, etc.)
  • Purchasing equipment to adapt from a retail to a wholesale business

Economic Loss category is intended to assist businesses with significant economic loss incurred by responding to, preparing for and preventing the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes regular (and sometimes increased) operating expenses which businesses had to cover while receiving little to no regular income and also receiving an insufficient amount of COVID-19 financial assistance. It is anticipated that applicants under this category will apply for working capital expenses, such as normal operating expenses or other hard and soft costs related to operations during times of shutdown, limited capacity and reopening. A full list of eligible expenses is provided below. For Economic Loss Category, costs must have been incurred between March 13, 2020 and October 30, 2022 in order to be reimbursed. Please note, when completing the Calculation of Need section, under step 3, only include COVID Financial Aid received during 2020.

For a full list of guidelines, please review our Delaware County RAIL Grant Program Guidelines. Please also contact the Delaware County Department of Economic Development at or 607-832-5123 with any questions or for assistance with the application.

Official applications are available for COVID Resiliency and Economic Loss Grants. Applications must be typed using these official fillable .pdf forms.