Greenfield, MA – MassDevelopment has awarded a $10,000 Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant to the Greenfield Business Association, which will use funds to help local businesses move their operations outdoors.
Specifically, the organization will award microgrants to help businesses buy outdoor dining, display, or point-of-sale furnishings, shade or other weather coverings, signage, and lighting. The Greenfield Business Association will also launch a crowdfunding campaign; if the organization reaches its $5,000 goal, it will receive an additional matching grant from MassDevelopment.
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.