Small Businesses Eligible for Grants

Small businesses on Long Island are eligible to apply for grants from Optimum Business and the LIA Foundation of the Long Island Association.

The LOCAL Small Business Grants, which will fund 50 small businesses in communities across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, providing $5,000 grants to  recipients to help support their growth and long-term success while expanding and contributing to the prosperity of their communities.

Additionally, the LIA will offer a six-month and one-year complimentary membership, respectively, for program applicants and grant recipients who are new to the LIA to promote their development and help them build networks.

“Small businesses are critical for the lasting health and vitality of local communities, and we believe Long Island’s vibrant and diverse business community has helped the region and its residents thrive and grow,” said Andrew Rainone, senior vice president of business services at Optimum.

“The LIA is proud to partner with Optimum Business, the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce to support the development and success of small businesses and contribute to the revitalization of the communities on Long Island,” said Matt Cohen, president and CEO of the Long Island Association. “We encourage all eligible businesses from all sectors to apply to the LOCAL Small Business Grants and we look forward to seeing the innovative ways small businesses across Long Island will use this funding and watching the program’s impact across our region.”

For more on the LOCAL Small Business Grants, including requirements, official program rules, and how to submit, visit

Optimum Business and the Long Island Association expect to announce the grant recipients in June.



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