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Small Business Relief Fund

The City of Boston is committed to helping small businesses during this unprecedented time.

We have established the Small Business Financial Relief Fund to help businesses most impacted by COVID-19. We want to provide immediate help and guidance.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently published a report on the economic impact of COVID-19 on Boston's economy.

Have questions? Contact:

Economic Development
Translation help with application

Call 617-635-2111 and leave a message with your name, business name, and the best phone number to reach you. A staff member will reach out directly to help you finalize and submit an application.
 

Types of grants

For the purpose of this fund, a "small business" will be defined as a for-profit entity with:

  1. fewer than thirty-five (35) employees
  2. less than $1,500,000 in annual revenue, and
  3. registered with, in good standing with, and operating in, the City of Boston (excluding chain or corporate franchises).
$2,500 Relief Grant
  • 0-5 Employees (incl. owner)
  • Less than $250,000 in annual revenue
  • Business owner must provide proof of Boston business address (as indicated by a signed lease or home office documentation)
  • Business and business owner must be in good standing with the City of Boston
  • Business must provide a copy of its most recent fiscal year tax return
  • Business must provide proof of payroll (if applicable)
$5,000 RELIEF GRANT
  • 5-15 Employees (incl. owner)
  • Less than $750,000 in Annual Revenue
  • Business owner must provide proof of Boston business address (as indicated by a signed lease or home office documentation)
  • Business and business owner must be in good-standing with the City of Boston
  • Business must provide a copy of its most recent fiscal year tax return
  • Business must provide proof of payroll
$10,000 RELIEF GRANT
  • 15-35 employees (incl. owner)
  • Less than $1,500,000 in Annual Revenue
  • Business owner must provide proof of Boston business address (as indicated by a signed lease or home office documentation)
  • Business and business owner must be in good-standing with the City of Boston
  • Business must provide a copy of its most recent fiscal year tax return
  • Business must provide proof of payroll

Grants can be used to help address fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, lost sales, lost opportunities, and other working capital expenses that could have been recognized had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred.

Application information

The City of Boston is no longer accepting new applications to the Small Business Relief Fund. We will reach out to applicants directly for notification during our review process. If additional funding becomes available, the application portal will reopen.

Grant Recipients

Common questions

Common questions
For business address:
  • Official government documents
  • Utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • A business license
     
Payroll:
  • Copies of paycheck stubs
Tax returns (if a business has been operating for less than a year):
  • EIN number 

That's easy! In order to get you the grant as quickly as possible, your business must become a vendor with the City of Boston. We have created a helpful guide to walk you through the process.

Grants will be used to help businesses address:

  • fixed debts
  • payroll
  • accounts payable
  • lost sales
  • lost opportunities, and
  • other working capital expenses that could have been recognized had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred.

 

Our small business staff is ready to help businesses navigate other sources of funding from the state and federal governments, as well as the private sector. We have created a Financial Relief Handbook to help business owners navigate this evolving landscape of assistance.

 

The City will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 6, 2020, at noon. Once an application is submitted, the City will notify the business owner within three business days if the application was approved or denied. Once an applicant has been notified of approval, funds will be delivered within seven to 10 business days.

 

All of our staff will be communicating with you over the phone or by email. If you do not have access to the Internet and need help completing and submitting your application, please call 617-635-2111 and a City of Boston employee will get back to you directly to assist.