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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) is launching a gift card matching program to help local Framingham businesses dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EDIC will spend up to $10,000 by offering a dollar-for-dollar match on gift cards purchased by members of the community at participating Framingham businesses.

“Retail businesses in Framingham continue to struggle, although we are hopeful that with more vaccinations and more assistance coming, economic recovery is on the horizon,” said EDIC Chair Doug Lawrence. “The EDIC’s gift card matching program will help Framingham employers, especially retailers, restaurants, service-based, and more, during this crucial period.”

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The program will run between May 1 and May 16, 2021.

During that time period, when a gift card is purchased by a member of the community at a participating business, it will be matched by the EDIC, dollar for dollar, up to $250 per business as long as matching funds last.

The opportunity will be open to all locally-owned, for-profit retail, restaurant and service-based businesses, including local franchisees and local licensees, physically located in Framingham, with annual sales less than $2,000,000.

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Businesses interested in participating in the program should apply by April 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. at this link.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Additional details, including terms and conditions, are available at the Choose Framingham website.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.