Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund

The City of Somerville is now accepting applications for Round 2 of the Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will provide forgivable loans to Somerville businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This $750,000 fund uses Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The complete program guidelines are available here. Applications are now open and due by Monday, November 30th, at 3 pm.

  • Current Funding

  • Round 1 Funding

The City of Somerville is now accepting applications for Round 2 of the Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will provide forgivable loans to Somerville businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This $750,000 fund uses Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The complete program guidelines are available here. Applications are now open and due by Monday, November 30th, at 3 pm.

There are two categories of assistance available: Somerville Small Business COVID Relief Fund Round 2 and the Outdoor Dining Reimbursement Program.

Somerville Small Business COVID Relief Fund Round 2:

Overview Approximate Amount Available Award Amount Type of Award
This program provides general financial assistance to eligible businesses.) $605,400 Up to $7,500 Forgivable Loan

Funds can be used for working capital expenses, including but not limited to rent or mortgage payments, payroll expenses including healthcare, and utility expenses.

Application for General Assistance for impacted Somerville Businesses

Outdoor Dining Reimbursement  Program

Overview Approximate Amount Available Award Amount Type of Award
Restaurants with a current outdoor dining permit are eligible for $1,000 reimbursement for outdoor furniture or heaters necessary to keep their businesses open. $84,000 Up to $1,000 Forgivable Loan

Application for Targeted Assistance for Outdoor Dining License Holders

On April 18th, Mayor Curtatone announced the establishment of the $1,000,000 Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund was designed to provide up to $10,000 forgivable loans for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications and program guidelines were made available online and in multiple languages on April 24th and applications were accepted until May 11th. Substantial outreach took place and included coordination with the Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Communications Team, outreach through the Economic Development e-newsletter, networking through our economic development partners, and targeted outreach to our small businesses utilizing other business assistance programs. Applications were reviewed by staff to ensure they met basic program eligibility guidelines. Next, an 8-person Review Committee was established and consisted of three OSPCD staff, Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott, and four community representatives appointed by Somerville business organizations: East Somerville Main Streets, Union Square Main Streets, Somerville Chamber of Commerce, and The Welcome Project.

Program guidelines are available here.

Download a list of the questions included in the application.

Of the awardees...

  • 46% are minority-owned businesses
  • 56% are women-owned businesses
  • Collectively, these businesses employ over 600 people

Committee Recommendation Memo

Committee recommendations memo preview

List of Round 1 Awardees Names

  • A Curated World
  • Ackerson ACQ, LLC dba The Boston Shaker
  • Alexandra Whisnant dba gâté comme des filles
  • AN LLC dba MAMA GINA'S PIZZA
  • Ana's Hair Salon
  • AnnexTW, Inc dba Bronwyn Restaurant
  • Arow Express INC dba Arow Express Grab and Go
  • Ashley Vick dba Filomena Demarco Jewelry
  • B.EE.F. INC. dba Fasika Restaurant
  • barra.bars,LLC dba BARRA
  • be. in Union Yoga
  • Beacon Street Cafe INC dba R.F. O'Sullivan & Son
  • Beacon Street Pizza Llc dba Beacon Street Pizza
  • Bergamot LLC dba Bergamot Restaurant
  • Biosol beauty salon
  • BLISS NAILS & SPA ASSEMBLY, INC. dba BLISS NAILS & SPA
  • Boston Mobile iPhone Repairs dba Boston Mobile iPhone Repairs
  • Bow Street Charm Corp dba Yoi Sushi & Chinese Restaurant
  • Bread and Salt Hospitality, LLC dba Juliet
  • Buddy’s Diner
  • Buenas LLC
  • Bull McCabe Corp dba Bull McCabe's Pub
  • Caesar's Pizza & Subs, Inc.
  • Cafe Rustica Inc
  • Callan Hospitality Inc. dba The Dark Horse Public House
  • Carolicious LLC
  • Casa B LLC dba Casa B Tapas and Cocktail & Rum Bar
  • Cercross and sons Inc dba Restaurante Turistico Machu Picchu
  • Chacon restaurant group inc dba Los Paisanos
  • Davis Squared Inc dba Davis Squared
  • Demeter Hospitality Group LLC dba Daddy Jones Bar
  • EBI SUSHI INC dba EBI SUSHI
  • Edson Lino dba International Optical
  • Elliots House LLC dba Elliots House Pet Care & More
  • Emily B. Chang, DDS,LLC dba Smiles Over Somerville
  • Fadil African Hair Braiding
  • Fat Hen LLC dba La Brasa / Fat Hen
  • Federal Wine & Spirits Belmont dba Backbar
  • Fedwell Pet Foods, Inc dba Petwell Supply
  • Fernanda C. Macedo dba Fernanda’s beauty salon
  • Forestbound
  • G & A Foods Inc dba Falafel Place
  • Gogle Mogle, Inc dba The Biscuit
  • Grace Salon
  • Gracie's Ice Cream, LLC dba Gracie's Ice Cream
  • HAIR by Christine & co
  • High Energy Vintage
  • Highland Cuisine
  • Hua Sheng Inc. dba Mandarin
  • Isabel Bermejo dba April's Hair Cutting
  • Josy Hair Salon
  • KARALLI LLC dba Royal Pizza & Subs
  • Kathmandu kitchen LLC dba Himalayan Kitchen
  • Kaya Beauty Spa and Salon corp dba Kaya Beauty Spa
  • Kayaa llc dba Momo n curry
  • L& L CORP UNION MARKET dba Union Market
  • Lisa's Nails Inc
  • LKJ Pino Inc dba Amal Niccoli
  • L'Optique Boutique
  • Machu Chicken INC dba Machu Chicken
  • Make and Mend LLC dba Emily Tirella
  • Mariachi Foods Inc. dba El Potro Mexican Grill
  • Mark Food Enterprises dba Oliviera’s Steak House
  • Maryom Hair Design
  • Mike's Bar Corporation
  • Mineirao One Stop Mart, Inc.
  • Moe Fencing Club LLC
  • Moroccan hospitality
  • Mt. Auburn Healthcare,UnionSquare dba Somerville Primary Care Clinic
  • Narae Holdings dba Buk Kyung
  • Navjot Kaur Corporation dba Masala Square
  • New England Leather dba Swank
  • New Style Beauty Salon
  • Nievesfamilychildcare, Inc.
  • Noel herbal skincare
  • NU Cafe Somerville, LLC dba NU Kitchen
  • O'Connor Awards Unlimited dba Awards Unlimited
  • Olio Culinary Cooperative Corporation dba Tanám
  • Open Space Community Acupuncture LLC
  • Play Union, LLC
  • Portuguese American Lounge dba Union Tavern
  • Prospect Hill Properties, Inc. dba The Independent
  • Rebel Revel LLC Rebel Rebel
  • RECINOS BARBERSHOP LIMITED PARTNERSHIP dba Recino's Barber Shop
  • Recinos corporación dba Recinos Café
  • Rei da Picanha & Events Inc
  • Remnant Brewing, LLC dba Remnant Brewing
  • RENATA & Co., LLC
  • Restaurant la Mexicana Inc. dba Cantina La Mexicana
  • Rincon Mexicano inc.
  • S & H Coffee Company, Inc. dba Nine Bar Espresso
  • Sally O Brien’s LLC dba Sally O Brien’s bar & grille
  • Salon Aya
  • Salon CU, INC.
  • Salonika Hair Design
  • Saus Bow Market Entertainment dba SAUS
  • Shiso Kitchen LLC
  • Sirit LLC dba Veggie Crust & Nice Cream
  • SN4, Inc. dba Shivalic food and spice
  • Some Yoga Studio, LLC
  • Somerville Grooves
  • Sri Shakti Corp. dba Dosa n Curry
  • Studio M Barbershop and Salon dba Studio M
  • Sweet Spot Bakery LLC dba Lyndell's Bakery
  • T&C Trust dba T&C Convenience
  • TAQOS LLC dba Taco Loco Mexican Grill
  • Tasty MoMo
  • Thai J&J LLC dba Siam Ginger Thai Cuisine
  • The Jungle Club LLC dba The Jungle Community Music Club
  • Tiny Turns Designs LLC dba Tiny Turns Paperie
  • Tree House Academy Child Care
  • TRIPLE F PUB dba THE PUB
  • Tufts Market LLC dba Tufts Market
  • TW Productions, Inc dba T&B Pizza
  • Two Little Monkeys
  • Union Square Companies, LLC dba Union Square Donuts
  • Union Square Group dba Brass Union
  • Union Square Tailoring
  • Urban Axes Boston, LLC dba Urban Axes
  • V & Y Corp dba AR Nail Bar
  • Vinal Bakery LLC dba Vinal Bakery
  • Warehouse XI
  • WINTER HILL PUB INC dba Olde Magoun’s Saloon