The City of Concord is taking a phased approach to reopen facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic with guidelines in place for the health and safety of staff and the public. Please see our coronavirus page for more information.
The City of Concord, NH and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a limited grant program for Concord restaurants. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to restaurants to purchase materials that will help them increase their seating capacity.According to Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce President Tim Sink, “Concord restaurants have been hit hard by COVID-19, and they will no longer be able to continue outdoor dining beyond November 14, as the City will need to be prepared for sidewalk and street snow removal. These grants can be used to pay for dividers or other materials that will help restaurants increase their indoor seating capacity.”The Concord City Council appropriated $15,000 for this grant program from funds that were initially allocated to the annual fireworks display, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. The Chamber will be responsible for administrating the grants. Funding is limited and open to both Chamber members and non-members.To apply for a grant, Concord restaurants should fill out the online Concord Restaurant Grant Program submission form below. Approved grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis with invoice copies for documentation. The deadline to apply is November 20—restaurants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited. Matching funds are encouraged but not required to apply. Any questions can be directed to Tim Sink, Chamber president, at (603) 224-2508 or via email.Please fill out the online application form. Matching funds are encouraged but not required to apply for the Concord Restaurant Grant Program. Approved grants will be paid based on a reimbursement basis. Restaurants must provide invoices as documentation for reimbursement.
Main Street Relief Fund: Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to provide economic support to New Hampshire small businesses suffering from business interruptions as a result of COVID-19.Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $100 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for MSRF 2.0 in order to continue providing economic support to New Hampshire small businesses suffering from business interruptions as a result of COVID-19.MSRF 2.0 supports both (1) businesses that did not receive grants from the initial round of MSRF or the General Assistance & Preservation (GAP) Fund, and (2) businesses that received grants of less than the maximum $350,000 from the initial round of MSRF or the GAP Fund, if eligible according to the criteria described below. Businesses that received a Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF) grant are not eligible for MSRF 2.0.The $100 million MSRF 2.0 will be shared among new recipients and prior recipients of MSRF and GAP Fund grants using a pro-rata formula based on gross receipts losses adjusted for other COVID-19-related funding received from all sources, including all grants received from GOFERR flex funds programs. MSRF 2.0 grants will be offset by GOFERR program grants previously received on a dollar-for-dollar basis, including, particularly, from the initial round of MSRF and the GAP Fund. The maximum amount received from MSRF 2.0 cannot exceed $350,000, including grants received from the initial round of MSRF and the GAP Fund.Important Dates & Timeline:-Application Period: October 19, 2020 – October 30, 2020.-Deadline to Submit Completed Application: 4:00 PM on October 30, 2020.Eligibility Criteria: For a business (or group of affiliated businesses*) to qualify for MSRF 2.0, it must:Be a for-profit business;Have its principal business office in New Hampshire;Have typically employed at least one non-owner W-2 employee before COVID-19;Have been in operation since at least May 29, 2019;Anticipate a loss of gross receipts from 2019 to 2020 due to COVID-19;Have total 2019 gross receipts of less than $20 million;Have received a total of less than $350,000 from the initial round of MSRF or the GAP Fund, if a prior recipient;Not be currently in bankruptcy;Not have permanently closed; and Not have received a Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF) grant.In addition, the following types of businesses are not eligible for MSRF 2.0:Nonprofit organizations;Agriculture businesses;Childcare providers;Elementary or secondary schools;Institutions of higher education; andHospitals or other healthcare providers.* For purposes of MSRF 2.0, a business is considered affiliated with any other business that:Has the same Taxpayer Identification Number (including Social Security Number);Has the same corporate parent or grandparent; orIs majority-owned (more than 50%) by the same owner or group of owners.MSRF 2.0 grant amounts will be calculated similar to the initial round of MSRF and the GAP Fund. The maximum amount received cannot exceed $350,000, including grants received from the initial round of MSRF and the GAP Fund. The State of New Hampshire is not directing businesses on how to spend the money. Businesses must demonstrate they have experienced or anticipate they will experience a financial loss due to COVID-19 in order to qualify for MSRF 2.0. It is expected that businesses will use the funds to assist in covering their operational costs and legal obligations.