Old Colony Planning Council is the regional Economic Development District. Below is a list of grants, technical assistance resources and partner information for businesses and municipalities.
If you have questions on grants, technical assistance or just need someone to point you in the right direction, contact:
Economic Recovery Planner
Email or call 774-539-2905
Senior Economic Development & Environmental Planner
Email or call 774-539-5059
Business Grants and Resources
Comcast RISE - Marketing and Tech Support and Investment Fund
There are separate applications for the marketing and technology services awards and the Comcast RISE Investment Fund. Eligible business owners may apply for either, or both programs. Apply by 6/17/22 Learn more here: comcastrise.com/apply/
Giving Joy Microgrant
Available to women 18 and older - You can use the grant to start a new business or expand your existing business. You can also use the grant to start or expand a nonprofit, non-governmental organization (NGO), charity, or propose a specific activity or project you would like to implement. Grant for $500. Apply by 6/30/2022. Learn more here: givingjoygrants.org/grant-application
Dream Big Awards
Must be a for-profit business operating for at least one (1) year primarily within the United States with less than 250 employees OR gross revenues of less than $20 million for each of 2021 and 2022. Grant for $25,000. Apply by 7/8/2022. Learn more here: uschamber.com/co/dream-big-awards/dream-big-awards-2022
Open to black women who are legal U.S. residents (including DC), 18+ and the principal owner of a U.S.-based small business. Grants for $10,000. Apply by 12/31/22. Learn more here: www.fearless.fund/strivers
Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program
PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing and digital presence. Learn more here: pepsicojuntoscrecemos.com/jefaowned/
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)
Beginning in May 2021, $3,800,000 will be made available for a Grant Program for the Development of Digital Capabilities. The Development of Digital Capabilities grant is a match of up to $5,000 awarded to small businesses in Massachusetts. This program provides funding for the needs of small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals seeking tools and services to develop their digital capabilities in partnership with a Small Business Technical Assistance (SBTA) provider.
APPLICATION DUE DATES: Rolling deadline until funding runs out.
Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership
Organization that vets, trains, and partners with individuals from underserved communities to own and operate competitive businesses. They strive to remove barriers to Black ownership entry and accelerate ownership outcomes for those seeking new opportunities to own, manage and expand their careers through foodservice franchisee ownership. Learn more here: mfha.net/pathways-to-black-franchise-ownership-program
Restaurant Giving Grant
The grant for up to $120,000 is awarded to one tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and can be used to support infrastructure, capital improvement and capital expenditures and/or salary. Apply by 6/1/2022. Learn more here: restaurantgiving.com/downloads/RGC-grant-application.pdf
You Glow Girl Women Entrepreneur Grant
Grant for $10,000 is open to all women entrepreneurs in the US. Apply by July 1. Top 25 will be announced for round 2 on July 8. Top 10 will be announced for round 3 on August 1. Winner announced mid-August. Learn more here: eatmeguiltfree.com/pages/youglowgirl
Santander's Cultivate Small Business
Funding opportunity: Santander’s Cultivate Small Business was created to help early-stage entrepreneurs (focused on women, people of color, and immigrants) build food businesses. It’s like a mini-MBA for food businesses and it’s completely FREE. The program is fully funded by Santander Bank. This year it’s virtual and open to anyone in Massachusetts.
For questions on Cultivate Small Business, contact email@example.com
WomensNet carries on that tradition, giving away at least $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. We've also expanded our grant-giving to include other grants such as our Annual $25,000 Amber Grant. View a full list of Grants here.
National Association for the Self-Employed
You could receive up to $4,000 for your small business through the NASE Growth Grants program. Must be a NASE member. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities and other specific business needs.
Center for Women & Enterprise
Numerous online training and workshops for small businesses, particularly women-owned.
Founded by Colette Phillips, Get Konnected! unleashes the power of inclusion, curates cross-cultural business connections, fosters career advancement, and facilitates access to opportunity for women and people of color.
- GK! Network – Grow your network through curated cross cultural connections.
- GK! Fund – Facilitating access to capital, mentorship and opportunity for women of color founders.
- GK! Market – Amplifying brands in Boston and beyond to fuel small business growth and increase their bottom line.
- GK! Execu-Search – Helping top companies and non-profits diversify their senior leadership roles.
- GK! Job Hub – Find your dream job with well-known companies in Boston and beyond.
Harbor One Business Planning
Success for Small Business (SSB) Loan Program
Take the online courses 1 - 5 and after successful completion, speak to the bank about a small business line of credit of $5000.
The Hispanic-American Institute promotes social, educational, and economic development of Hispanic communities in the United States and Latin America. Check their facebook page for ongoing business support workshops.
LISC Digital Growth Accelerator
The LISC Digital Growth Accelerator is a 7-week, post-pandemic boost for businesses. The accelerator program leverages consulting teams and digital tools to empower businesses of color to strengthen their core business, grow their capacity and double their revenue.
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) functions as a one stop resource for debt financing for small businesses. The purpose of MGCC is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, inclusive of those owned by women, minorities, immigrants and veterans. MGCC also works to promote economic development throughout the Commonwealth, with special paid attention to business needs in underserved areas, Gateway Cities and low to moderate income communities.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
The MSBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing, and operational analysis. In addition, low-cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
Lenders. Developers. Job creators. At MassDevelopment, we offer financing and real estate solutions to support companies and nonprofits, increase housing, eliminate blight, and drive economic growth across Massachusetts.
Mass Hire – Greater Brockton Career Center
Mass Hire Greater Brockton
Greater Brockton Career Center helps job seekers and employers connect. They provide career training and business grants and incentives. Special programs for Veterans and Youth.
Mass Hire – South Shore
Mass Hire South Shore
South Shore Career Center helps job seekers and employers connect. They provide career training and business grants and incentives. Special programs for Veterans and Youth.
Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Mass Office of Business Development
The Massachusetts Office of Business Development assists businesses relocating to Massachusetts as well as businesses wishing to expand their current operations, with specific attention being paid to jobs created, jobs retained, and capital invested. Our team provides a highly responsive, central point of contact that facilitates access to resources, expertise, and incentive programs.
NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, Building a Better Business
$1M Venture Loan Fund for the City of Brockton. This fund allows small businesses loans of up to $50,000 for businesses in Brockton. To qualify for the fund, NeighborWorks has developed a small business program that prepares all applicants with a functional business plan. Once the business plan is in place, we can begin the loan application process. We will help guide you with your plan, making sure all the necessary elements have been researched and documented. The program “Building a Better Business” consists of three classes. Each 2-hour class will be educational and interactive as we will use group brainstorming and technology throughout the session.
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals. Since 1964, they have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs and deliver most offerings at no cost.
SEED South Eastern Economic Development
SEED operates four different loan programs, which provide funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5.5 million. The programs are defined by both the dollar amount and use of the proceeds sought by the borrower – except for the Micro Loan Program, which often provides loans to start-up businesses and those not yet “bankable”.
Small Business Strong
Massachusetts women and minority owned small business owners can participate by engaging in one or more of the core elements of Small Business Strong, all free of charge with no strings attached: an online portal, business advisors, and functional specialists.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
UMass Amherst’s Massachusetts Small Business Development Center provides free, confidential, one-on-one business assistance and free and low-cost training to prospective and existing small businesses. Schedule a virtual meeting.
Chambers of Commerce:
Connect 24 Business Alliance
Connect 24 Business Alliance (C24BA) was formed to increase strength and support for our members and provide more opportunities for our local business community to thrive. (formerly Randolph and Stoughton Chambers of Commerce)
Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce
The Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce represents the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Raynham, Bridgewater, Plympton, Halifax, Carver, Wareham, and Rochester.
Easton Chamber of Commerce
The Easton Chamber of Commerce mission is to unite, guide and support Easton businesses with the goal of increasing economic opportunities and fostering a healthy business climate.
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Serves nearly 1,000 member businesses of all sizes from virtually all industries in the communities of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Holbrook, Norwell, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.
Pembroke Chamber of Commerce
The Pembroke Chamber of Commerce works with all types of businesses and families to improve the living standard for everyone in the town. Pembroke is a great place to work, live, do business and or start a business. Promote your business today on our new website and social media channels. Join our Chamber now!
Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce
Serves more than 750 members across the lower south shore including Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton.
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
Comprised of 1,200 corporations, small to midsize businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, restaurants and sole proprietors.
See And Experience all That Plymouth County Has to Offer. Plymouth County offers cranberry farms, beautiful nature walks and more. Within the county is Plymouth, MA, the home of Plymouth Rock, a universal symbol of America. It is where the Mayflower came ashore 400 years ago, bringing with it English pilgrims who helped found the nation. The town and county of Plymouth boasts some of the best whale watching, dining, shopping, and cultural activities in a quaint New England setting, much of it nestled along the seashore. It is a history lover’s paradise, a family friendly atmosphere, and easy walking as you take in breathtaking sunrises.
Tourism and Business Directory – Get the App!
Download free from the Apple Store or Google Play. Each app has business and restaurant listings as well as things to do. Businesses, Restaurants and Non Profits can list for free. For more information, email ListMyLocalBusiness@gmail.com
- Brockton MA – City of Champions
- Discover Avon MA
- Discover Easton MA
- Discover Stoughton MA
- See Plymouth MA
State Grants/Funding Sources/Resources
Community Compact Best Practices Grants
The FY22 Best Practice program opens on August 15th, 2021 and remain open until available funds are exhausted.
Municipal Resources - Housing (added 3-14-22)
The link will bring you to a printable page that summarizes available grants and technical assistance resources.
MA Cultural Council Grant Programs
There are several programs with deadlines in November 2021 and through 2022.
Municipal Grant Finder
Federal Grants and Funding Sources
US EDA Grants