GBA to award up to eight micro-grants to Greenfield businesses seeking to re-open outside
The Greenfield Business Association is pleased to announce the award of funding for our “COVID-19 Business Re-opening Outdoor Equipment Micro-Grant” through the “MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places: Resurgent Places” grant program.
Through this program, MassDevelopment has granted the GBA an immediate $10,000, and, potentially, an additional matching $5,000 grant to be re-granted to Greenfield businesses towards outdoor equipment needed for re-opening under COVID-19 restrictions.
MassDevelopment’s “Commonwealth Places” is a competitive granting opportunity to advance locally-driven placemaking in downtown and neighborhood commercial districts in eligible communities throughout Massachusetts. Placemaking is a collaborative process through which people in communities work together to improve public spaces and maximize their shared value. The aim of Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places is to help community partners prepare public space and commercial districts to best serve their population during COVID-19 social distancing and the phased reopening of the economy.
The Resurgent Places funding round complements the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) recently announced Shared Streets & Spaces, a grant program that will provide small and large grants for municipalities to quickly launch or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce in their communities. The City of Greenfield has applied and has already been working with city businesses to provide barriers to delineate new usable outside spaces near their businesses.
Greenfield’s Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams and the GBA Coordinator Rachel Roberts have been working to bring these two grant opportunities to Greenfield to facilitate the fastest and most effective ways to help our business community safely re-open after the Covid-19 closures. The city is working towards supplying needed barriers and opening up municipal property while the GBA’s grant provides equipment assistance for businesses expanding outside.
As struggling businesses attempt to modify or expand their previous business models to support social distancing and safety in COVID-19 times, the GBA proposes to "re-grant" funding for procurement of equipment needed for outdoor expansion including but not limited to any combination of dining, display or point of sale furnishings, shade/weather coverings, signage, or lighting. The micro-grants will require a short application from any Greenfield business for up to $1,200. If a business not located in the downtown corridor is in need of assistance to expand outside as part of compliance to COVID-19 reopening requirements, the request will be considered as funding allows. The application can be found on the Greenfield Business Association’s webpage at COVID-19-Resurgent-Places-Micro-Grant.
In order to secure the additional $5,000 from MassDevelopment for this granting opportunity, the Greenfield Business Association has to earn $5,000 in crowd-funding before December 31st. We hope that community members and businesses that find themselves in a more stable position at this time can donate to our organization's efforts to promote the economic vitality of Greenfield.
It’s a dollar-to-dollar matching opportunity; every dollar donated to our crowd-funding site up to $5,000 is matched by MassDevelopment through this grant before December 31st. It’s like you are giving twice as much money directly to help Greenfield businesses—so, we really hope we can earn the $5,000 in crowd-funding to be able to give $10,000 more and a total of $20,000 directly to our city businesses with this grant opportunity thanks to MassDevelopment and our crowd-funding donors. The crowd-funding site is www.patronicity.com/greenfield.
More information about the granting program can be found at the GBA website: GreenfieldBusiness.org.
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