Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce the launch of two Community Development Block Grant CDBG CV Grant Programs to provide assistance to low to moderate income microenterprise business owners in Berkshire County. The purpose of each Program is to assist low to moderate income (LMI) microenterprise business owners prepare for, prevent and/or respond to the impacts of the coronavirus.
Eligible applicants will receive assistance in the form of grants up to $10,000 to be used to cover business costs such as rent, staffing and utilities. These grants have been made available by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (MA DHCD) utilizing funds received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Working with the Town of Adams and partner communities in North County, and the Town of Lenox and partner communities in South County, the two regional grant programs will begin accepting applications from business owners immediately.
If your business is located in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Florida, Hancock, Hindsdale, Lanesborough, New Ashford, Peru, Savoy, Williamstown or Windsor, please follow the link for the Northern Berkshire Regional Microenterprise Assistance Program for additional information and application materials.
If your business is located in Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington or West Stockbridge, please follow the link to the Southern Berkshire Microenterprise Assistance Program.
In order to be eligible for this grant program, business owners must:
1.) be low to moderate income, as defined by the FY20 HUD income guidelines provided;
2.) must employ no more than 5 individuals, including themselves;
3.) must have been licensed as a business in Massachusetts no later than 01/01/2019.
In addition, the business may not be listed as one of the following excluded business types: real estate rentals/sales businesses, businesses owned by persons under age 18, businesses that are chains, liquor stores, weapons/firearms dealers, lobbyists, or cannabis-related businesses.