The Town of Winchester received a $140,000 grant through a regional CDBG Microenterprise program administered though the Dept of Housing and Community Development. The purpose of the grant is to help stabilize microbusinesses (5 or fewer employees) that have been negatively impacted by the crisis and are in danger of going out of business. An online application can be found here Version OptionsCDBG MicroenterpriseHeadline. The deadline to apply is September 25, 2020.
9/23/2020: The Microenterprise grant round 1 will still finish this Friday 9/25. However, many municipalities involved with the grant have shown great interest in doing a round 2 with different criteria. Please be on the lookout of Round 2 hopefully coming out by next Friday, October 2nd. The aim is reopen the grant for a round 2 starting 10/2/20 and ending 10/23/20. We have successfully lobbied the state to allow the projected 2020 tax year to be the basis of the income qualification for the grant. This is great news. The state is developing the forms necessary to determine projected 2020 income, which will allow more people to get this air. Please look back to this webpage for more information on or before October 2, 2020, good luck!
9/25/2020: As part of the grant process we must have a 2nd public forum. If possible, please join us Wednesday, September 30th at 4pm for that meeting via Zoom. This is not mandatory for you to join, but necessary for us in the grant process. Link to the posting and the agenda.
- Microenterprise Assistance Application (PDF)
- Microenterprise Assistant Application with Answer Options (PDF)
- Important Information for Business Owners
10/2/2020: There is still a chance to receive funds through the Microenterprise CDBG grants. Round 2 starts today, October 2nd and ends on October 23, 2020. The change from round 1 is that now you can use your projected 2020 income as the basis of the Local Median Income calculation. More information and the applications itself can be found at https://massgcc.submittable.com/submit
10/7/2020: Questions are coming in at the State level as to when the businesses will know whether or not they will recieve the grant. All missing information from applicants is due today, 10/7/20 for Round 1. MGCC will do their work and should have confirmation by Friday 10/9/20. The Town will have next week to qualify on our end if the businesses are viable and in good standing with the Town. Keep checking back here for Round 2.
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