City of Pittsfield COVID-19 Recovery Program
In response to the economic hardships experienced by Pittsfield residents resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Pittsfield’s Economic Recovery Program aims to provide relief to low and moderate income residents of the City through direct assistance to renters and homeowners, stabilization funds to local businesses, job creation and retention funds, and assistance to local non profits that are directly responding to the needs of residents affected by the pandemic.
Rental and Homeowner Assistance
Pittsfield homeowners and renters will be able to obtain assistance to pay rent or mortgages or utilities for up to three months or a maximum of $4,000 per household. Berkshire Regional Housing Authority, who will administer this part of the City’s COVID-19 Recovery Program Households will be screened to determine the type of assistance they need, which may include housing counseling and mediation services.
Local non profit human service agencies who are on the front line, assisting residents meet their daily needs, will have access to funding to support the existing and new programs they have put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A maximum of $25,000 per eligible agency will be available for nonprofit agencies that are serving Pittsfield residents who meet the CBDG income guidelines. Public service funds will be available through a rolling application process to help meet urgent needs as they arise.
Small Business Fund
Small Businesses within the City of Pittsfield that have experienced significant business disruption due to COVID19 may be eligible for funds to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory and other fixed costs. A maximum of $10,000 per business will be available through this fund. To be eligible for assistance, the business owner may be required to meet income guidelines, be able to retain existing jobs that are currently held by an income eligible employee or create new jobs (including re-filling furloughed jobs) held by income eligible employee. Priority will be given to minority and women owned businesses as well as businesses with fewer than 10 employees.
FAQ for CDBG Small Business COVID-19 Recoverty Grant Program
Applications are due by June 19 and can be submitted to email@example.com