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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program Is Now Accepting Applications

Grant Program

The City of Gardner has officially launched a new grant opportunity to help small businesses who were negatively impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Earlier this month, $400,000 was awarded to the City through our Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to assist Gardner microenterprise businesses adversely impacted by Covid-19.  

Microenterprise businesses are those employing 5 or fewer employees and serving low-to-moderate income clientele throughout the community.  The award is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG Program) with funds allocated through Federal CARES Act in response to Covid-19. 

The Gardner Micro-enterprise Assistance Grant Program is now accepting Applications! To apply, please download and complete the application and supporting documents by visiting the program web-page, or by directly downloading the application and required forms below. Please read the Program Guidelines and Application Guidance document and complete the required survey (see below) before completing an application.

All applicants must complete the Gardner Covid-19 Business Impact Survey before applying. If you have not already completed the survey please do so by visiting www.gardner-ma.gov/1084/COVID-Business-Survey. If you do not have access to the internet or would like assistance completing the survey please contact Gardner’s Economic Development Coordinator, Maribel Cruz at 978-630-4074.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all available funds have been fully expended. Please make sure to download, review, and complete all related File Attachments, including Program Guidelines, Certifications, and Forms. Please read the program guidelines carefully for instructions on how to apply and to ensure that your business is eligible for this program.

For additional information about the application process or to receive a printed hardcopy of the application by mail or hand delivery please contact Gardner’s Economic Development Coordinator, Maribel Cruz at 978-630-4074.


Link to Application Documents (6):


    1. Program Guidelines & Application Guidance Document

    2. Gardner Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program - APPLICATION

    3. Microenterprise & LMI Certification Form

    4. 6-Month Profit & Loss Statement - 2019

    5. 6-Month Profit & Loss Statement - 2020

    6. Eligible Business Expenses Cost Calculation Form

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