Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has launched two Community Development Block Grant CDBG CV Grant Programs that will provide assistance for low-to-moderate income microenterprise business owners in Berkshire County.

According to the a press release from 1Berkshire and information available on the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission website, eligible applicants will receive assistance in the form of grants up to $10,000 to be used to cover business costs such as rent, staffing and utilities.

Eligible business must have been licensed as a business in Massachusetts no later than January 1st, 2019 and must employ no more than five people, including the owner. Owner households need to become qualified using Fiscal Year 2020 Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

BRPC says that applications are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis, and programs are available for both northern and southern Berkshire County.

You can find out more information on the overall program by clicking HERE.

If your business is located in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Florida, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, New Ashford, Peru, Savoy, Williamstown or Windsor, please follow the link for the Northern Berkshire Regional Microenterprise Assistance Program for additional information and application materials.

Eligibility information on the Northern Berkshire Program is available HERE.

If your business is located in Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mt. Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington or West Stockbridge, please follow the link to the Southern Berkshire Microenterprise Assistance Program.

Eligibility information on the Southern Berkshire Program is available HERE.

The grants have been made available by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development utilizing funds received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

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