Links & Resources to help during COVID-19

At Merlin, we know that it’s tough out there as a result of the COVID-19, but we want to help and be a resource to you. Today, we’re sharing articles and links to loan, relief and grant programs that can help you navigate this difficult time.

Resources For Employers

Disaster Assistance Loans

The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest loans to businesses that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus.

NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Fund + Employee Retention Grant Program

NYC is providing relief to small businesses seeing a reduction in revenue to the Coronavirus. Businesses with less than 100 employees and have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help retain employees and ensure business continuity. The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.


Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.


Yelp is providing $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services.


Cisco is providing free access to its WebEx Video Platform to encourage remote-work meetings

Food Delivery Businesses

Uber Eats, Seamless, Doordash waive delivery Fees in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. 

Resources For Candidates

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

NY State is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. 

Restaurant Opportunities Center United

ROC United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

One Fair Wage

One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers and personal service workers who are affected by the Coronavirus crises.

Access HRA

Visit Access HRA to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) or Cash Assistance.