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Town program aims to help businesses gripped by effects of pandemic

Erin Zwirko

Capital grants, tech assistance

The Town of Arlington has announced a new program that will provide assistance to eligible small businesses that have been affected by the economic instability caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program is funded through an additional allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds known as CDBG-CV made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Town of Arlington received final approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to establish this program on Dec. 2.

Application open through Jan. 15

The Arlington Covid-19 Business Resiliency Program is a two-track grant program providing working capital grants and technical assistance, both of which aim to mitigate the negative impacts experienced by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Working capital grants of up to $10,000 will be provided for such uses as offsetting payroll costs, rent and mortgage payments, utilities and loss of inventory due to mandatory closures and restrictions. The technical assistance track will match businesses with consultants who will deliver one-on-one training or group workshops on topics including accounting and bookkeeping, e-commerce, live commerce, marketing, and search engine optimization. Applicants may apply for one or both tracks. 

The program is open to businesses with a brick-and-mortar location in Arlington and 20 or fewer employees. Businesses receiving grants must provide documentation that the grant has helped the business create or retain at least one job held by a low- to moderate-income-earning individual.

The Arlington Covid-19 Business Resiliency Program will begin accepting applications on Dec. 15, and will be open through Jan. 15, 2021, at noon. An information session will be recorded and posted on the Town of Arlington’s CDBG web page in late December to provide an overview of the application process.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Department of Planning and Community Development and applicants will be notified of their grant award status beginning on Jan. 15, 2021.

“This program is an important investment in Arlington’s small business community. It will help our local business owners recover from the pandemic by providing essential technical support and by helping retain and create jobs,” Jennifer Raitt, director of planning, said in a Dec. 15 news release. “The Arlington Covid-19 Business Resiliency Program is a result of collaborations between the Department of Planning and Community Development, the federal government via the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Arlington Economic Development Recovery Task Force, and notably, local business owners, who provided the input necessary to shape and build this program. We look forward to future collaborations that will help sustain and grow businesses through and beyond this challenging time.”   

Additional information about the program is available at Reasonable accommodations and language assistance requests will be provided.

For additional information, please contact the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development at 781-316-3090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

April 15, 2020: $1.2M in block-grant recomendations head to Select Board

This news summary was published Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and updated Dec. 14.

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