The City of Pittsfield is now accepting applications for the second round of COVID-19 Small Business Recovery grant funds.

The small business fund is part of the City of Pittsfield’ comprehensive and robust COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program established by Mayor Linda Tyer in April 2020. This round of small business grants are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to low or moderate income business owners who have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. Additionally, this funding is intended to help businesses remain open (if able under state guidelines) and also help them to pivot, as needed. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses.

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“We will be giving special consideration to microenterprises, Black, Indigenous people of color, women, veterans, and those in the LGBTQIA business community,” said Community Development Specialist Laura Mick.

In the first round of funding, the City of Pittsfield awarded a total of $682,000 to 90 small businesses in the city. Businesses which received funding include those from the following industries: hospitality, restaurants, spas and salons, recreational and fitness, builders, markets, and retail, as well as, entertainment.

To apply or for more information, please visit

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