Business Development and Recovery Opportunities

Applications now being accepted, and will be accepted on a rolling basis by Ontario County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) and evaluated using a standard rubric. 


These grants are designed to help the tourism and hospitality industry, one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and an important economic generator for Ontario County. $1,000,000 is available through the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” to support small businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry create new jobs, restore jobs or retain jobs that are at risk of being lost. $10,000 - $60,000 Grants Available for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses located in Ontario County with 25 or Fewer Employees.

The “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program” is administered through Ontario County Economic County Development Corporation (OCEDC) and Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (FLVC).


A virtual informational meeting was held to review the process of applying and to answer questions.  You can view that meeting by clicking here.

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We want to help you access this money.  Ontario County has partnered with Ostrander’s Consulting to streamline the application process, so it is as easy as possible for you and your business. Nichola Ostrander and Donna Scrivens of the Ostrander Group will meet with business owners to:

  • Help understand business eligibility

  • Apply for the “Visit Ontario County COVID Relief Program”

  • Assist in paperwork completion

  • Review and help you apply for other funding opportunities available through the U.S. Small Business Administration and Empire State Development

Why is it important? This grant program provides assistance that hasn’t been available before. You don’t want to leave money on the table!

Take advantage of these programs by meeting with Ostrander’s Consulting. Office hours are available to meet one-on-one.

  • Canandaigua: Tuesdays from 10 am to 3:00 or 4:00 pm; Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Geneva: Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm beginning the first week in Jan 2022
  • Victor: Mondays from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Call (585) 497-3446 or (315) 781-1994 to schedule an appointment or visit their website at www.ostrandersconsulting.com.

For additional information, call our office at 585-394-3915. If we aren’t able to get to your call, send us an email at Valerie@VisitFingerLakes.com