Coronavirus Relief Options

The U.S. Small Business Administration is here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. They offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief.

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Grants for Small Businesses

The Baker-Polito Administration has launched a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible businesses that already applied to the program, but were not funded due to limited funds available, will be prioritized for funding first and do not need to reapply.

Eligible industries for the new program include:
•    Restaurants, bars, caterers
•    Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments
•    Gyms and fitness centers
•    Event-support professionals (photographers, videographers, etc.)
•    Personal services
•    Retail

The new business relief program offers grants up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, space-related costs, and debt service obligations.

The online application portal for the new program will open on Thursday, December 31, and will close on Friday, January 15. Awards are expected to be announced in early February.

More details on how to apply and eligibility requirements are available at www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org. Read more

Mass Cultural Council believes that the work of individual artists is essential to a thriving society. We are proud to support Massachusetts artists with several funding opportunities, which are a part of the Agency’s $16.6M FY21 Spending Plan to support the arts, humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.

Artist Fellowships
Apply now in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, Film & Video, Music Composition, Photography, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously-judged awards, including Fellowships of $15,000 and Finalist awards of $1,500. Grant decisions are based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original work submitted. Questions? Attend an Office Hours virtual event on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 10 AM (ET). Application deadline: Monday, February 8, 2021, at 11:59 PM (ET)

COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals
This program provides $1,500 grants to people who have lost income derived from their work as individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists as a direct result of COVID-19 related cancellations and closures in Massachusetts.​ We were proud to support artists/humanists/scientists with over $300,000 in direct funding from this program in 2020. This year, we have increased the grant amount and will award at least 460 grants through a randomized, lottery-style process. Learn more and attend an Info Session on Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4 PM (ET). Application deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 11:59 PM (ET)

STARS Residencies
This program provides grants of $500-$5,000 to support three-day-plus residencies that bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and scholars to create rich cultural experiences. Residencies are developed by the individual artists, scientists and scholars in partnership with the schools. Learn more. Application available: Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at 9 AM (ET). Application deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM (ET)