Town of Westborough - Small Business Recovery ARPA Grant Program

Small Business Recovery ARPA Grant Program Overview

 Purpose

Welcome to the Westborough Small Business Recovery ARPA Grant Program, an initiative supporting local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funded by the Westborough Select Board through ARPA, (American Rescue Plan Act) this program provides $65,000 in financial aid to help businesses overcome challenges like shutdowns and labor shortages. Our goal is to bolster local enterprises in their post-pandemic recovery and growth.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for a grant through this program, businesses must meet the following criteria:

- Be a for-profit business located in Westborough, MA

- Demonstrate negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic

- Have fewer than 35 full-time employees (part-time employees counted based on hours worked)

- Have less than $1,500,000 in annual revenue

- Have started operating in Westborough no later than January 1, 2020

- Be in good standing with the Town of Westborough and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (e.g., taxes and licenses)

- Enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Town if awarded


Use of Funds

Grant funds may be used for working capital or any operating expense, including:

- Rent (or mortgage payments) - Utility payments  - Payroll or employee benefits (including healthcare)    - Insurance

- Marketing (e.g., website improvements, advertising)   - COVID-19 related expenses (e.g., PPE, H/VAC upgrades, outdoor dining)

Funds may be used to reimburse successful applicants for expenses incurred beginning March 3, 2021. Receipts must be provided within 90 days of entering into a grant agreement with the Town of Westborough.

Award Size

Applicants may receive up to $5,000 in grant funding, although the exact amount is not guaranteed for all applicants.

Applications will be accepted from December 15, 2023, through February 29, 2024. You can submit applications via email to Mark Zepf, the Economic Development Coordinator, at mzepf@westboroughma.gov or deliver a hardcopy to the Forbes Building (2nd Floor), 45 W Main Street, Westborough, MA.

We look forward to supporting your business on its path to recovery. Apply today and let us help you navigate these challenging times.