City of Framingham Awards Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Grants to 22 Establishments

FRAMINGHAM – During the first two months of a special program to help Framingham small businesses, the City of Framingham has awarded 22 COVID-19 Emergency Small Business grants.

The purpose of the grants was to “assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses within the City of Framingham that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19.”

The grant funds could be used to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.

Eligible applicants had to have a physical establishment within the City of Framingham.

The business owner must be considered low-to moderate-income, who has less than $2 million annual gross receipts.

Grant recipients had to have “experienced a loss of revenue of 50% or more due to COVID-19 since March 10.”

And the grant recipients needed to have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements.

Independent contractors, check cashing agencies, gun shops, pawn shops, liquor stores, adult entertainment businesses, and dollar stores were ineligible to apply. Franchisees of national or regional chain businesses were also ineligible to apply.

SOURCE requested a list of all businesses that were approved for grants and the dollar amounts. The City of Framingham only provided the list and not the amount of the grants.

There were 85 applicants.

“Twenty-two were approved for a value of $215,226 committed and $80,000 encumbered,” said the City Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III to the City Council.

The grants were funded via the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which are allocated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under that program the maximum award was $10,000.

The program was announced on April 21.

Received grants, as of June 16, were:

  • SDM Corp
  • Concord Dental
  • DS Recycling
  • Constable’s Office
  • Art Hair Salon Spa
  • Mystic Fitness
  • Franklin Caterers
  • Dance DiNamics
  • New Face Hair Design
  • Delta Enclosures
  • Franklin Cafe
  • Diana McCarthy
  • Natalia Roveda Makeup & Esthetics
  • Nails by Deena
  • C & D Services
  • Irrigation Pipe Lighting and Equipment Inc.
  • Natalia Roveda Makeup & Esthetics
  • Paul J. Hubley DMD PC
  • Mass Nutrition Center
  • Dulce D Leche
  • Corefit

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Photo courtesy of Dulce D Leche

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