Our goal is to create stability amongst small food businesses, restaurants, taverns, and bars. Over the course of 8 months, business owners will create a plan to reactivate their business, creating goals to recover from setbacks. Our office will provide wrap-around support services through our strong technical assistance partners. Services include:
- Working one-on-one with a business coach,
- offering support and advice
- creating comprehensive marketing plans
- and more.
About the Program
Eligible businesses include food businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, and juice shops. Businesses that are located in low-to-moderate-income communities will be prioritized.
In addition, businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:
The business must employ 25 or fewer individuals, including the business owner.
The business must earn no more than $2 million in annual revenue.
The business must have faced an economic hardship directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include, but is not limited to:
If the small business was impacted by declines in revenues or business closures due to the pandemic.
If the small business faced greater difficulty accessing credit than prior to the pandemic.
If the small business faced increased costs to starting the business due to the pandemic.
If the small business had lost expected startup capital due to the pandemic.
The business must have a commercial or mobile space in the City of Boston (home-based businesses are not eligible for this program).
If deemed necessary by program, the business must complete the Re-FRESH Program trainings.
Business must be in Good Standing with the City of Boston with no back taxes owed on property, personal property, or motor excise.
Signed commitment letter and grant agreement to participate fully in the program if accepted.
Business may receive up to $15,000. Small Business Development may award full funding, partial funding, or no funding.
Grant application launch: Monday, November 27, 2023
Info session: (To be determined)
Application deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023
Multilingual applications are now available:
Kriolu (Cape Verdean Creole)
Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole)
简体中文 (Simplified Chinese)
廣東話 (Traditional Chinese)
TIẾNG VIỆT (Vietnamese)
Businesses must submit a complete application by December 15th, 2023
which will include the following:
- Valid certificate of occupancy (as appropriate)
- Valid business certificate from the City of Boston OR your 2022 or 2023 annual report for your Massachusetts state-registered corporation
- Budget template provided in application
- Letter of community support from a neighborhood or community group (OPTIONAL)
- Copy of 2022 IRS filing for business tax
- Valid Supplier ID
- Completed program application
*Please note that funds cannot be used for owner's salary but can be used for employees' salary*
General Program Policies
- Grant funds must be used only in association with business establishments located within the City of Boston
- Grant funds are awarded to a business and not to an individual
- Read the full terms and conditions of this grant
- Language accommodations
Food businesses in Qualified Census Tracts may be prioritized but all are welcome to apply