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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $67.4 Million in Additional Grants to 1,366 Businesses Most Impacted by the Pandemic

Note: The following is a press release from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $67.4 million in awards to 1,366 additional small businesses in a second round of grants through the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). Additionally, the new Sector-Specific Small Business Relief Grant Program, also administered by MGCC, is now accepting applications from businesses from sectors most impacted by the COIVD-19. Both grant programs are part of a new $668 million relief package announced last week.

The businesses being notified today of their successful grant application include many that are owned by minorities (50%) and women (48%). Restaurants and bars, beauty and personal services, health care and retail are among the top sectors receiving relief in this second round of awards. The first round of grants announced last week totaled nearly $49 million in support of 1,158 Massachusetts small businesses.

MGCC is continuing to review existing applications and will make awards over the coming weeks to companies that meet demographic and industry preferences. Businesses that have already applied to MGCC’s Small Business Grant Program do not need to reapply to the new program.

New Grant Program Accepting Applications

In addition to providing grants to businesses within the existing pool of applications for the Small Business Grant Program, applications are now being accepted for a new Sector-Specific Small Business Relief Grant Program that targets industries experiencing the most significant economic hardship and a loss of revenue. Industries given preference in this new program include:

  • Restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks
  • Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Event-support companies (photographers, videographers, etc.)
  • Personal services (nail salons, barbershops, independent pharmacies, etc.)
  • Independent retailers

This new business relief program will offer grants up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for payroll and employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities and interest on other debt obligations.

The online application portal for the new program opened today, and will close on Friday, January 15. Awards are expected to be announced in February.

Program details, application instructions, eligibility and documentation requirements, and more are available at www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org.

Christmas Tree Pickup

Christmas Trees will be picked up curbside from Monday, December 28, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021.

After January 15, 2021 residents should bring trees to the Compost Area for proper disposal. Please remove ALL lights, ornaments, garland and stands prior to disposal and CANNOT be in plastic bags. Holiday wreaths, roping and garland are NOT eligible for pick up or drop off.

The Compost Area Is Now Closed for the 2020 Season.

Nahant’s 2020 Virtual Christmas Parade Is LIVE!

Stay safe, stay healthy,  enjoy the holidays and don’t forget our 2021 Nahant  graduates.  Scholarship donations can be sent made out to “Nahant Santa Parade” at Coastal Heritage Bank 28 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA. 01908. Please note “Nahant Santa Parade” on your check.

Snow Fighters Needed

THE TOWN OF NAHANT, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT WITH OPERATORS  INTERESTED  IN SNOW PLOWING. THIS AGREEMENT  IS ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS, MUST  BE  AVAILABLE 24 HOURS  A DAY AND WITH THE HOURLY PAY DEPENDEDING  ON THE SIZE OF THE VEHICLE AND TYPE OF ACCESSORIES INCLUDED.

Contact Mary Lowe at mlowe@nahant.org for additional information

An Update from the Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry has moved from the front of the Swampscott High School to the Senior Center (in the back of the high school).  We are now offering our visitors the option to come in and choose grocery items.  We are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am until 1pm for all Swampscott and Nahant residents. The Anchor Food Panty can be reached for questions through email or their Facebook page.