Assistance for Businesses
Impacted By Covid-19
This page highlights key Covid-related financial and technical assistance for Revere’s small businesses. Please visit the Covid-19 Response page for the most complete information on Revere's response efforts.
Business Reopening Guidance
The City is actively monitoring and reviewing new guidance on reopening procedures. The most updated guidance will be posted at Reopening Massachusetts (Commonwealth of MA); helpful resources are linked to below.
Required for Businesses: COVID-19 Control Plan Template (MA EOHED)
Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces (MA EOHED)
Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices (MA EOHED)
Reopening: When can my business reopen? (MA EOHED)
The City has been informing Revere's business community throughout the coronavirus pandemic through a series of online events. Presentations from those sessions are available below.
Small Business Emergency Grant Program
The City of Revere is offering working capital grants of up to $10,000 to Revere small businesses negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding is limited, and eligibility requirements and conditions apply. This program is supported by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Download a flyer in: English | Spanish | Arabic | Portuguese | Khmer
What can grant funds cover?
These working capital grants are limited to following business expenses: lease or mortgage payments, utility payments, monthly debt payments, payroll, and/or inventory expenses. Prohibited uses include the acquisition of new property or the construction or repair of existing and/or new property.
Who is eligible for this grant?
The program is open to applicants who meet the following threshold criteria:
- Are a for-profit business with a physical location in Revere;
- Are in good standing with the City of Revere;
- Have experienced a loss of business income due to COVID-19;
- Have business rent/lease commitments or mortgage/loan obligations; and
- Have documentable business income loss, including business income comparisons (e.g. pre-Covid and during Covid) and are able to provide a description of negative impacts.
Businesses must also qualify as one of the following:
- A microenterprise business - a business with five employees or less, including the owner; and the owner must earn a household income of equal to or less than 80% of the area median income; or
- A small business having any number of employees, where as a result of grant funding, at least one job will be either: retained by a low-moderate income employee OR created (or in this case re-created) and available to low-moderate income persons; or
- A business with at least one employee (not including business owner) where the employee(s) are in jeopardy of losing their job due to Covid-19, and the business commits to either retaining the employee(s) because of assistance or hire(s) the employee(s) back within a reasonable period when normal business resumes.
Businesses That Are Ineligible For This Grant
Real estate, multi-level marketing, adult entertainment, cannabis, firearms, and social clubs.
Grant applications include required questions about applicants' current household income. Application review and funding decisions will be evaluated in conjunction with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) area median income guidelines for business owner applicants and/or employees.
Language Access Support
The City is partnering with the Neighborly software program to offer this application in Spanish and French. To use this translation function: 1) Click on "My Profile"; 2) Select your preferred language from the drop-down menu.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs
The CARES Act has authorized funding for a variety of low-interest or forgivable loan programs that are administered through the Small Business Administration and participating financial institutions. For more extensive details, please visit the SBA Guidance and Loan Resources page. City staff have also prepared a Small Business Disaster Loan guide to support Revere businesses in exploring their options.
Visit this resource page for a listing of state and/or privately-funded grant opportunities for small businesses, non-profits, employees, independent contractors, and others.
For Your Protection
City of Revere Assistance
Contact Revere’s Covid-19 Business Response Team via email or by calling Revere 311. The Business Response Team is led by the Office of Planning and Development in partnership with other City departments and volunteers. Staff are available to provide information and guidance to Revere businesses, including referrals to community partners, institutions, and/or technical assistance providers.
Business owners, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals seeking assistance in applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or related programs are also invited to call CONNECT’s Spanish/English hotline at 617-712-3487.
Pro-Bono Legal Assistance: Covid Relief Coalition
The COVID Relief Coalition is a coalition of law firms, nonprofits and governmental agencies that have joined forces to provide pro-bono legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofits to access emergency loans and other sources of relief.
Small Business Counseling
COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network: This network is providing targeted technical assistance, including multilingual assistance, to businesses seeking to access small business loan and relief programs.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs): SBDCs are serving both new and existing small business clients with 1:1 remote business counseling and group workshop webinars.
Women’s Business Centers (WBCs): WBCs provide free to low cost counseling and training and focus on emerging or current women entrepreneurs. Remote classes and self-paced workshops may be available to eligible businesses.
Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC): Designed to provide entrepreneurial development services and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. Remote classes and self-paced workshops may be available to eligible businesses.