While the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) languishes in Washington DC, the state of New York is moving forward with its own small business grant program and this week began making payouts to approved applicants. The New York COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program actually launched over a month ago and has received over 50,000 applications to date. Program grants, which are available between $5,000 and $50,000, are calculated based on 2019 annual gross receipts and are targeted to reimburse for COVID-related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. The application process is still open and will remain so until the $800 million allocated to the program are exhausted. Limited to small (100 employees or less) and micro (10 or fewer employees) businesses, the program gives priority (as did the RRF until the courts stepped in) to socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, including minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as veteran-owned businesses and those located in economically distressed communities.