Worcester Awarding COVID-19 Relief Grants to Small Businesses

Worcester County Economic Development is encouraging small businesses and farmers to apply for the next round of their Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program.

Worcester County awarded over $1 million in the first round of grants, and is accepting applications for round two until September 18. Farmers and small businesses including sole proprietors with no employees are eligible for the grants that will be awarded in $2,500 increments. Funding for the grants comes from federal CARES Act funding through the State. The Worcester County Commissioners approved the grants to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy.

From the press release:

“We are pleased to be able to provide much needed relief to our businesses throughout Worcester County that have experienced business disruptions from COVID-19” said Tom Perlozzo, director of Worcester County Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Economic Development. “While we know these grants will never replace the loss of revenue businesses have experienced, it is our hope that the funds will provide short-term relief to assist them in remaining open.”

For more information, visit the programs page.