Dear Staten Island businesses,
Since the start of the pandemic, our journalists have provided to you and the people of Staten Island critical news and information and stories of how Staten Islanders have come together to help each other. Audiences have turned to us in record numbers for breaking news on silive.com. They have engaged on our social channels, received our newsletters and have continued to be loyal subscribers of the Advance. As our digital readership more than doubled, so did the realization of the gravity of COVID-19 on our community.
Deeply committed to the people and businesses of Staten Island, our team shares your sense of hope as the restrictions of the past few months begin to relax. The Staten Island Advance has been part of this community for 134 years – through thick and thin. When we emerge from our homes, we know we will find a changed community landscape. As your business begins to reopen, you will need to navigate a new reality. The Advance and silive.com stand ready to support you through that process in the wake of COVID-19.
That’s why we are committing up to $2.5 Million in matching grants to support the marketing, advertising, and branding needs of our Staten Island businesses. This program is meant to help give your business an extra boost this summer as you reopen and need to communicate to existing and potential customers that you are open for business. The matching grant program runs July through October, 2020 (extended from September).
Our community is priority number one.
Caroline Harrison, Publisher