Are you an owner of a small business here in Pittsfield? Are you(understandably) worried about what the future holds for your company? You're definitely not alone.

Luckily, the city of Pittsfield just announced they're accepting applications for Round Two of COVID-19 Small Business Recovery grant funds. In April of 2020, Mayor Tyer established the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program, which the small business fund is part of.

If you're unsure what the purpose of the grant is, it's basically to provide funding for smaller business owners who've suffered financial losses and/or other business disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And this will also help your business remain open(if your business falls under state guidelines). Eligible businesses will be awarded grants of up to $10,000.

Businesses which received funding from the first go-round included everything from restaurants and markets to spas and salons. In the end, the City of Pittsfield awarded $682,000 to 90 businesses throughout the city.

According to the Press Release from the City of Pittsfield and the Mayor's Office, Community Development Specialist Laura Mick had this to say:

We will be giving special consideration to microenterprises, Black, Indigenous people of color, women, veterans, and those in the LGBTQIA business community.

There's a reason we need grants, folks. Grants are a way for the government(local and national) to fund your ideas to provide public services and in the long run, stimulate the economy.

Also, oftentimes grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply or for more information, please click here.

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