Microenterprise Grant Program

The current Microenterprise grant round has closed.  The Town will be applying for another round of funding later in 2024 and will update this page once applications are again being accepted.

First launched in Bethlehem in 2014, the program has supported 27 businesses to date through three funding rounds to support new and existing microenterprises (5 or fewer employees) in the Town of Bethlehem. As in past rounds, eligible businesses will be able to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 to support the purchase of capital goods, including machinery, furniture, fixtures, equipment; and/or to provide working capital to support business operations (see Program Guidelines below for additional eligibility criteria).

Application Materials

To apply, please complete the application form and personal financial statement.  Your application materials should also include the documents requested on page 4 of the application form.  Please review the Program Guidelines and the other reference materials below for full details about the program.  Given that the Town will review applications on a rolling basis, businesses should carefully review their applications to ensure completeness, as missing materials will result in delayed review of your application.

Please email your complete application to jtaylor@townofbethlehem.org or deliver it by mail or in-person to:

Town of Bethlehem Department of Economic Development and Planning
Bethlehem Town Hall
Attn:  Senior Economic Developer
445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY  12054

Program Guidelines and Reference Materials

Note:  These materials do not need to be submitted with your application, they are for reference.


Please contact John Taylor, Senior Economic Developer, at 518-439-4955 x1189 or jtaylor@townofbethlehem.org with any questions about the program and application process.

Microenterprise Grant Review Committee

Regular Meetings

  • Meets as necessary at Town Hall or virtually


  • Catherine Hedgeman, Esq., Law Office of Catherine M. Hedgeman; Executive Director, Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency
  • Richard Kotlow, Board Member, Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency
  • Ellen Nesbitt, Interim President, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
  • Kim Phelan, Senior Vice President, M&T Bank
  • Shoham Piorentino, Delmar Branch Manager, Community Bank
  • Lance Raffe, Owner, Wildbird Junction

Town Representative

  • Robert Leslie, AICP, Director of Planning