Amesbury, MA – MassDevelopment has awarded an $8,450 Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant to the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce for Eat Great, Shop Late, a project that includes creating and implementing outdoor programming in downtown Amesbury.
The Chamber has scheduled events in August, using three different outdoor venues in the downtown area. The organization is using funding to hire live bands, artists, and fitness instructors for outdoor music and classes, as well as to buy equipment such as folding tables, hand sanitizer, and tablecloths, and cover costs for marketing and staff.
The grant was awarded through MassDevelopment’s special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors.
Created in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions for placemaking projects, with the incentive of a funding match from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached.