Somerville is taking new steps to support its small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city recently announced it is offering a new $750,000 round of relief in the form of forgivable loans, which do not require repayment if conditions are met.
The grants, acquired through Somerville’s federal Community Development Block Grant funds, will be provided in two categories. Businesses with brick-and-mortar locations or at least one full-time employee can apply for grants of up to $7,500. Restaurants holding outdoor dining permits can apply for grants up to $1,000 to help them procure heaters and other equipment needed to continue serving through the winter.
Meanwhile, at the request of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and with the support of the City Council, the Licensing Commission waived numerous small business fees through June 30. In a previous round of small business relief, the city distributed $1 million in emergency funds and waived almost $200,000 in fees.
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