Economic Resources for Local Businesses/Non-profit Organizations
- Business Assistance from the City
- Economic Resources
- Notifications & Information from Licensing Department
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM
The City of Framingham (City) has established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses within the City of Framingham that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small business in the City of Framingham to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.
- Have a physical establishment within the City of Framingham.
- The business owner must be low- to moderate-income (see income thresholds below).
- Have experienced a loss of revenue of 50% or more due to COVID-19 since March 10th.
- Have less than $2,000,000 in gross annual receipts.
- Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements.
Ineligible applicants include, but are not necessarily limited to independent contractors, check cashing agencies, gun shops, pawn shops, liquor stores, adult entertainment businesses, and dollar stores. Ineligible applicants also include franchisees of national or regional chain businesses.
The City reserves the right to reject any application that is incomplete or does not meet the Program Requirements in the sole opinion of the Planning and Community Development Division. In addition, the City may decide on a case-by-case basis to reject any application that does not meet and advance the goals of this Program.
APPROVED USES OF FUNDS:
Employee payroll costs, loss of inventory, rent, other fixed costs. Other costs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Funding for this program will be provided through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which are allocated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
AMOUNT OF FUNDING:
$10,000 maximum per business with demonstrated costs greater than or equal to the amount requested.
FOR APPLICATION AND MORE INFOrmation
Please click on the preferred language link below for the application form and additional guidance including income limits:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Hour to answer questions about
Framingham Businesses Amid the Pandemic
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Use the above link to access information about Federal Small Business Association Assistance Programs including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief programs.
resources for local businesses
- Framingham Board of Health Guidelines for Self-Service Food Operations, Lottery Sales and Personal Care Services
- Better Business Bureau
Main St. Matters Program - offering grant money for small businesses (1-20 employees) who have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CARES Act Guide for Small Businesses
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.
- CDC Guidance for Businesses
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Downtown Framingham, Inc.
Conducts outreach with downtown businesses and property owners to provide training materials and schedule SCORE consults for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans; publishes how businesses have shifted operations to support consumers, sharing engagement platforms for restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores, and more.
- Employee Retention Credit
The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payrolls during the pandemic. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. The refundable tax credit Updates on the implementation of this credit, Frequently Asked Questions on Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave and other information can be found on the Coronavirus page of IRS.gov.
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Boston
Resource list and grant opportunities for small businesses.
- MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
Connecting and supporting communities through business development and networking, including COVID-19 Webinar Series
- 495/MetroWest Partnership
COVID-19 updates for local business, local government, education, and community-based and non-profit organizations.
- Small Business Development Center at Clark University
Provides free, confidential, one-on-one assistance to small businesses in Massachusetts, whether you are a current client or looking to learn more about the sustainability of your business, visit their website for more info.
- Unemployment Assistance
Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about unemployment due to COVID-19 for workers and employers.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers
Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about unemployment insurance benefits and returning to work for employers.
- Mass Cultural Council
COVID-19 Resources for non-profit organizations.
- MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund
This fund was established to enable the rapid delivery of financial resources to MetroWest-based nonprofit organizations working to serve our communities during broad-based emergencies, including natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies. As the current COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacts our region and its residents, the Foundation will open a rolling rapid response grant program to provide operating grants to nonprofit organizations.
- Mass Humanities Grants: Offering grants through a funding opportunity made possible by the CARES Act to support operating expenses at museums, libraries, archives, and other nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts impacted by COVID-19.
ACCOMMODATIONS – BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
On May 19, the Board of License Commissioners voted, at a duly posted remote meeting, to approve a temporary measure allowing online alcohol server certification. This measure expires November 1, 2020, and will be considered again at a duly posted hearing on October 19, 2020.
Alcoholic Beverages Control COMMISSION (ABCC) Information
- On-premises liquor licensees may sell beer and wine (up to 192 ounces of malt beverages and 1.5 liters of wine) for off-premises consumption only as part of a transaction for the purchase of food during this emergency. For information about this order and additional ABCC Advisories, please follow this link.
UPDATED ABCC ORDER – DELINQUENCY REPORTING PERIOD (CREDIT TERMS) FOR SECTION 12 ON-PREMISES LICENSEES ISSUED MAY 16, 2020
Changes Across the Commonwealth
Changes across the commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS
- SENATE BILL SD.2944 An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Restaurants and Other Establishments due to COVID-19
- Reopening the Commonwealth