Small Business Programs

COVID-19 Loans For Small Businesses

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster relief loans available to businesses in Massachusetts. Small businesses can now apply directly through SBA for Economic Injury Loans. 


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Paycheck Protection Program

This program provides loans to encourage certain qualified small businesses to retain employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The EIDL program is a long-term direct loan from the SBA that provides up to six months of working capital for financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. 


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COVID-19 Grants For Small Businesses

Cambridge Small Business Grant Program

Qualifying businesses are eligible to receive grants of up to $10,000 to assist with rent, salaries, utilities and cost of goods.


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Mainvest Main Street Initiative 

If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan.


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Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund 

LISC will use the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19.


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MGCC - Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is administering a Small Business Grants program with awards ranging between $25,000 - $75,000. The application period closes January 15, 2021.


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Barstool Fund

Small business owners in need of help due to COVID-19 can submit applications for support.


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Opportunity Fund 

Opportunity Fund is committed to supporting existing and new small business customers who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Small Business Relief Fund 

The Small Business Relief Initiative will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis. 


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Support for Restaurants and Restaurant Workers

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation 

This foundation is an advocacy and action non-profit, created by and for restaurant workers. Half of the funds raised will be for direct relief to individual restaurant workers.


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City of Cambridge – Patio Heater Reimbursement Program

To support local restaurants and extend the outdoor dining season, the City of Cambridge has announced a Patio Heater Reimbursement Program.  


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