Fuzehub COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants
FuzeHub recognizes that the manufacturing sector has the ability to respond to the demands of this health crisis and that manufacturing is vital to stopping the spread of the virus and helping save lives.
Funding will be allocated to assist two major initiatives: to increase manufacturing capacity of qualifying personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically; N95 respirators, and to increase manufacturing capacity of qualifying respiratory care equipment; specifically, ventilators.
The program goals are to provide immediate direct assistance to New York State small to medium-sized manufacturers that are currently in production or can shift production to meet critical healthcare and medical equipment requests that have been created by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the critical need for replenishment of PPE and ventilators, it is expected that projects are clearly defined and ready to be undertaken. It is anticipated that projects will be completed as soon as possible.
FuzeHub anticipates awarding $400,000 in COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants. The number of awards made may vary depending on amount of funding requested and the quality of applications received. FuzeHub maintains the right to award less than is being requested. Applicants may only submit an application for one funding track.
Track 1 (PPE/N95 Respirator)
$200,000; Four awards of $50,000 each to increase manufacturing capacity of qualifying personal protective equipment, specifically N95 respirators.
Track 2 (Respiratory Equipment/Ventilator)
$200,000; Two awards of $100,000 each to increase manufacturing capacity of qualifying respiratory care equipment, specifically ventilators.
To apply for the COVID-19 funding, the applicant must be:
- a New York State small to medium-sized manufacturer. For the purposes of this grant, a small to medium-sized manufacturer is defined as a business with at least one physical establishment in New York State, and no more than 500 employees across the entire firm or enterprise worldwide with a valid manufacturing North American Industry Classification System code (NAICS) and;
- be registered with Dun &Bradstreet.
Applicants will be required to describe the research and development, testing, product validation, engagement of early adopters, timeline and efforts to make solutions available to the public. Additionally, applicants must meet the specific requirements outlined within each funding track.