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Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant (SBAGP) Program

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Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant (SBAGP) Program
Applications Are Now Being Accepted
 
The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is administering a Small Businesses Grant Assistance Program (SBAGP) in the greater north central Massachusetts region providing up to $1,000 business grants to eligible businesses (up to 20 employees) that were adversely impacted by the closure and losses as a result of the economic decline caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible businesses must be located in any of the following communities

Cities of Fitchburg, Gardner, or Leominster
Towns of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Clinton, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lnacaster, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, or Winchendon
The planned business community of Devens

Small Business/Grant Applicant Eligibility

The MSBAP will provide small business grants (up to $1,000 per eligible business) to the following types of businesses with under 20 employees:

Food service and/or production
Restaurants
Bed and breakfasts
Housecleaners
Laundromat or dry-cleaners
Car repair/garage
Barber shops/beauty salons
Health care and social assistance
Small retail shops
 
Eligible business expenses will include the following:

Fixed debt payments (such as on real estate and machinery and equipment)
Payroll
Accounts payable
Lost sales
Lost opportunities
Other working capital expenses that could have been recognized had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred

All applicants will be required to demonstrate a direct or indirect financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. Other requirements apply. Please download the following documents (located below) and apply as soon as possible. Funds need to be expended no later than September 30, 2020!

Brochure
Application with Program Requirements
W9 Form

For any questions or inquiries please contact Glenn Eaton, Executive Director, geaton@mrpc.org, or at 978.345.7376, X310.

The MRPC’s SBAGP is funded by the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General Maura Healey, through the Small Business Relief Partnership Grant Program. MRPC was awarded $25,000 to distribute funds to eligible small businesses in the Montachusett region.
 
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