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COVID-19 Commercial Rental Relief Fund

The fund works with business owners and their landlords or property managers to build long-standing partnerships. We want to ensure that businesses can remain open through and beyond the pandemic.

Update: The application deadline for this fund has passed.

Have questions? Contact:

Small Business Development

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development manages and administers this fund.

How to apply

The Fund will:
  • support business owners through a direct payment to landlords
  • issue grants to landlords for up to $15,000 to cover rent between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, on behalf of the small business owner, and
  • create an agreement between landlords and tenants that allow tenants to remain in their commercial space for a minimum of 12 months after receiving the grant.

Businesses with commercial storefronts in neighborhood business districts are invited to apply.

Steps to apply:
  1. Are you a business interested in applying? Contact your landlord or property owner. If you’re a landlord or property owner and want to apply, contact your tenant. 
  2. Business owners complete the COVID-19 Commercial Rent Relief Fund tenant application. We will contact landlords about next steps after we receive the initial business application.
  3. Businesses and landlords or property managers that are not currently registered as a vendor for the City of Boston will need to register during their application process to be able to receive payment. We have information in multiple languages on how to become a vendor: English中文 (Chinese)Kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian Creole) and Español (Spanish).

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements
Eligibility requirements for the small business:

Businesses must have fewer than thirty-five (35) employees.

Businesses must have less than $1,500,000 in annual revenue.

Businesses must have a commercial space in the City of Boston in a designated neighborhood commercial district. Home-based businesses are not eligible for this fund.

Businesses must have not been able to reopen due to the emergency closure order (in Phase 3, Step 2), or have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Disproportionately impacted means a business in one of the following industries:

  • Food service 
  • Retail trade
  • Services (repair, maintenance, personal services)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation

Businesses must have been in good standing with their landlord or property owner before April 1, 2020. Businesses must also be in good standing with the City of Boston.

Businesses must sign the Commercial Landlord/Tenant Contract.

Eligibility requirements for landlords and property owners
  • Landlords and property owners must be in good standing with the City of Boston.
  • Landlords and property owners must register to become vendors with the City of Boston.
  • Landlords and property owners must sign the Commercial Landlord/Tenant Contract.