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 $25,000 for businesses located in Agawam, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, South Hadley, Southampton, Southwick, or Westhampton.
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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 one of the participating towns 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
This is a first come first serve grant, but as of 8.16.2021 there is still funding available.
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).