Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been awarded federal funds through the CARES Act to support local small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Valley Community Development Corporation will act as Program Administrator for the application and selection process to award one-time grants up to $10,000 for businesses located in Agawam, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Southwick or Westhampton.
NEED HELP ON YOUR APPLICATION?
- View recorded webinar here.
These links will put you in touch with FREE local assistance to help your prepare your application:
- The Center for Women & Enterprise: Info.CentralMA@CWEonline.org
- MSBDC – Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
Applicants must be able to provide supporting documents to show eligibility in all four of the following categories:
- “Micro-enterprise” businesses (5 or fewer employees including owner) that were established prior to the pandemic (business must have been operating prior to 10/1/2019 to be eligible for assistance.
- Applicant must be able to show records that support a loss of income due to COVID-19.
- Grant funds must be used to pay for expenses in the following categories:
- Working Capital – Business operating expenses such as rent, utilities and staffing.
- Technology and Online Marketing or Sales Services – Software purchases or upgrades, website design, app development, transitioning to e-commerce, online ordering and payment systems and the training that comes with new technology.
- Safety Equipment and Products – Extra costs for PPE, cleaning supplies, safety or other procedures to remain open and provide a healthy and safe atmosphere for employees and customers. Implementation, monitoring and maintenance of same.
- Costs for Adapting to Operations During Pandemic – Examples might be new materials, supplies or inventory related to packaging or handling merchandise, reconfiguration of space to accommodate curbside pick-up, delivery options added, etc.
- Business Advising and Support – Expenses related to modifying existing business model. This might include capacity building, accounting support, business planning, financial education or training to gain other necessary business skills
- The total CURRENT family income of the business owner(s) must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income shown below:
Please note there is also an Equal Opportunity Set-aside for business owners who are of racial/ethnic minority, women, veterans, persons with a disability, or LBGTQ.
Grants will be awarded on a basis of first-come, first-served, first-completed and determined eligible for each funding pool.
This is a first come first serve grant, but as of 2.18.20 there is still funding available.
APPLICATION MATERIALS AND LINKS
- COVID IMPACT STATEMENT: New P&L Comparison 2019 – 2020 TEMPLATE
- Eligible Funding Request Worksheet: Exhibit A – FUNDING REQUEST DETAIL
- Duplication of Benefits Form: Duplication of Benefits Certification for CDBG-CV
- Certification of Minority Owned Business for Equal Opportunity Set Aside PDF
Funding made available through the Federal CARES Act with Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG-CV) as awarded to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).