Amherst Small Business COVID Recovery Grants ProgramThe town of Amherst 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 Amherst.

There are still funds available as of 10.31.2021.

This grant is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you think you may be eligible, please apply!

Application deadline: December 15, 2021


Instrucciones de registro

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Registration Instructions In English


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) can be found here. If you have any further questions, please send them to

Valley Community Development has experienced Business Consultants on staff ready to help you with your application if you need it.
If you would like help, email us at


Applicants must be able to provide supporting documents to show eligibility in all four of the following categories:

      • Applicants need to be a “Micro-enterprise” business (5 or fewer employees including owner) that was established in Amherst prior to the date of the Governor’s declaration of the COVID-19 emergency (the business must have been operating prior to 3/10/2020).
      • 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 skill
      • The business owner’s CURRENT gross annual family income must be less than the maximum amount listed in the table below. If the business has more than 1 owner then all owners’ gross family income MUST qualify. (If you are uncertain whether you will income qualify, please write us at

Please note there is also an Equal Opportunity Set-aside for business owner applicants 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.

Amherst criteria grid

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).