Amesbury Back to Business

Business Reopening GuidanceThe COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted many of our businesses. Some have temporarily closed and had to lay off staff, while others remain uncertain about their future and ability to stay in business. The City of Amesbury continues to support our local businesses in any way we can. This page will be a hub for information regarding grants, loans, resources, education and more. Businesses who have questions or ideas are encouraged to reach out by email to Angela Cleveland, Director of Community and Economic Development.

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City of Amesbury - Community Development Block Grant MicroBusiness Grants

Accepting applications! The City of Amesbury is partnered with the City of Newburyport to apply for Community Development Business Grant (CDBG) funds to support microbusinesses (less than 5 employees). We currently have more than $250,000 left to grant to Amesbury small businesses. Grants of up to $25,000 are available! Visit the Small Business Relief Grants page to apply or learn more.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. To listen to one of the webinar recordings on the details for this funding source click here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance

Small business owners can apply for an EIDL advance of up to $10,000. Based on available funds, application terms vary. Check the EIDL page for updated information.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program loan program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

In order to qualify for grant assistance from the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, the recipient must:

  • Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender
  • Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship
  • Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental, or emotional well being as a result of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship
  • Provide tangible documentation of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship