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COVID Chamber Support

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Claudia Pazmany

Executive Director

claudia@amherstarea.com

(413) 687-9661

John Page

Membership & Marketing Manager

john@amherstarea.com

(413) 658-4460

Grants & Financial Resources

Small Business COVID Recovery Grant Program (Amherst)

Small Business COVID Recovery Grant Program (Regional Including Hadley)

Downtown Amherst Foundation

SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

SBA EIDL Application Presentation/Materials

SBA EIDL Application Webinar Recording

Resources and Guidance for Businesses from EOHED & MEMA

Emergency Farm Fund from CISA

Hospitality, Restaurant and Beverage Industry Relief Efforts from Horizon Beverage

MA Restaurant Strong Fund from the Greg Hill Foundation

U.S. Bartenders Guide Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP)

Virtual Tip Jar

Give/Get Help & Resource from the United Way Hampshire County

Update from the Amherst Survival Center

Update from the Food Bank of Western Mass

Response Fund from the Community Foundation of Western MA

Resources for MA Nonprofit from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN)

COVID-19 Job Seeker Services from MassHire Franklin Hampshire

FOR EMPLOYEES: Information on Unemployment and Coronavirus (COVID-19) from EOLWD & DUA

Tax Relief Information from the IRS

WorkShare Program form the EOLWD

Rapid Response Layoff Aversion Program from the EOLWD

Updates on Federal from Congressman McGovern

NEW Resources for Renters and Homeowners from the Department of Housing and Community Development (CHCD)

Message from Division of Banks (DOB) to Financial Institutions Regarding Support for Mortgage Loan Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Loan Fund Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) - SUSPENDED ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS 3/19

Fast Track Loan Program from Common Capital and Franklin County CDC - TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING ACCEPTANCE OF NEW APPLICATIONS 3/26

AARP Community Challenge Grant

LISC Small Business Relief Grants

One Fair Wage Service Worker Emergency Fund

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund

WNDB Emergency Fund for Diverse Ceatives in Children’s Publishing

Professional Beauty Association COVID-19 Relief Fund

Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Resources

Artist Relief Fund

Updates

Winter Microgrant Now Open!

By John Page | January 11, 2021

Amherst Area Chamber Winter Microgrant Program NOW OPEN!

Community COVID-19 Testing

By John Page | December 9, 2020

As part of the state’s expansion of testing, the university is providing free COVID-19 tests for local community members starting Monday, Dec. 14. Tests will be offered by appointment only at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at the Mullins Center.

Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Program

By John Page | December 8, 2020

Massachusetts Cultural Council Offers Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Program

COVID-19 Update, New Orders, Grant Opportunities, and Testing

By John Page | December 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update, New Orders, Grant Opportunities, and Testing

Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th

By John Page | December 8, 2020

Governor Baker Announces New Restrictions Statewide for Capacity, Mask Compliance and Distancing Due to Increased Cases, Hospitalizations

MA Small Business Grant Opportunities through MGCC

By John Page | November 9, 2020

MA Small Business Recovery Grants Administered through MGCC

Regional Small Business COVID Recovery Grants Program

By John Page | October 30, 2020

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been awarded federal funds through the CARES Act to support local small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amherst Small Business COVID Recovery Grants Program

By John Page | October 30, 2020

The town of Amherst has been awarded federal funds through the CARES Act to support local small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Valley Community Development Corporation will act as Program Administrator for the application and selection process to award one-time grants up to $10,000 for businesses located in Amherst. Learn More

Pivoting in a Time of Uncertainty

By John Page | August 19, 2020

​A Panel Discussion on Creating New Opportunities for Non-Profit Organizations facilitated by Prosper Non-Profit Advisors. Sponsored by PeoplesBank and hosted by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

New Changes to PPP Forgiveness

By John Page | July 28, 2020

Local experts Brandon O’Donnell of Boisselle, Morton & Wolkowicz, LLP and Bill Fontes Senior Vice President of bankESB present on changes to the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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