Small Business Relief Grants

The Cities of Amesbury and Newburyport have partnered to provide grants to small business owners to help them continue operations as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This program, which is funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), provides grants to small businesses to pay for rent/mortgage, employee wages, and technical assistance to help them get back on their feet and adjust to a new economic normal. Applicants will receive funding directly from the City of Amesbury through the Office of Community and Economic Development, who is acting as the grant manager for both cities. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000.

Grant Update

As of July 12, 2021, 44 businesses in Amesbury and Newburyport have received more than $488,000 in grant funding. Hear from some of these businesses by watching the following videos!

View the Kitchen Local Amesbury Video
View the Annie's Jewelry and Gifts Newburyport Video
View the Bernadette's Day Spa Amesbury Video

Please read this entire page (including the FAQs) which answers many questions that people have about this grant process.

  1. Small Business Relief Grant Application
  2. Income Eligibility
  3. FAQs
  4. Online Application

Business can apply for this grant program by downloading the Fillable Application (PDF), or by using the online form which is displayed in its own tab. Applications will be accepted until the grant money is dispersed. If you have questions about the application, please access the fillable form to view the application guidance.

Applicants must indicate how COVID-19 has impacted their business and demonstrate that these funds are necessary to continue to operate their business. Business may apply for one or more types of assistance, up to $25,000; paying for commercial mortgage, rent and other utilities, employee wages, technical assistance (establishing your business online, legal / accounting assistance, etc).

Applications Given Priority

In the event the program receives more applicants than each city can fund, the following applications will be given priority:

  • Minority, Women and/or Veteran owned businesses
  • Nonessential businesses (businesses closed by the Governor's Emergency Order effective March 24, 2020
  • Businesses who have not yet received additional aid from federal sources
  • Businesses that have lost one or more employees and 50% or more of sales

Required Documentation

Required documentation for a complete application are included in the following; they can be emailed to Community and Economic Development:

  • Completed and signed application (PDF or online submission) - See our application guidance if needed
  • A copy of your license to operate/business license/professional certification
  • DUNS Number
  • A copy of your lease or mortgage bill, if applying for rent or mortgage relief
  • Payroll sheets showing 5 or fewer employees
  • Proof of business impact, for example:
    • Revenue over a six-month period for both 2020 and 2019
    • Other documents to prove financial impact of COVID-19
  • Full 2019/2018 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Return for the Low/Moderate Income verification; 2018 will be accepted in necessary
  • For technical assistance requests, submit 3 quotes from potential service providers
  • Copy of your business' W-9 Form (PDF)


We held a webinar to answer questions about the application process on August 19, 2020. Another one was held on January 20, 2021. Proceedings are posted in the following: