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Re-FRESH Program

The Revitalization of Food Restaurants and Establishments to Stabilize Holistically program or Re-FRESH is an effort to support brick and mortar micro businesses negatively effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our goal is to create stability amongst small food businesses, restaurants, taverns, and bars. Over the course of 8 months, business owners will create a plan to reactivate their business, creating goals to recover from setbacks. Our office will provide wrap-around support services through our strong technical assistance partners. Services include:

  • Working one-on-one with a business coach,
  • offering support and advice
  • creating comprehensive marketing plans
  • and more.

About the Program


Eligible businesses include food businesses, restaurants, bars, taverns, and juice shops. Businesses that are located in low-to-moderate-income communities will be prioritized.

In addition, businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • The business must employ 25 or fewer individuals, including the business owner.

  • The business must earn no more than $2 million in annual revenue.

  •  The business must have faced an economic hardship directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include, but is not limited to: 

    • If the small business was impacted by declines in revenues or business closures due to the pandemic.

    • If the small business faced greater difficulty accessing credit than prior to the pandemic.

    • If the small business faced increased costs to starting the business due to the pandemic.

    • If the small business had lost expected startup capital due to the pandemic.

  • The business must have a commercial or mobile space in the City of Boston (home-based businesses are not eligible for this program).

  • If deemed necessary by program, the business must complete the Re-FRESH Program trainings.

  • Business must be in Good Standing with the City of Boston with no back taxes owed on property, personal property, or motor excise.

  • Signed commitment letter and grant agreement to participate fully in the program if accepted.

Business may receive up to $15,000. Small Business Development may award full funding, partial funding, or no funding.

Important Dates:
  • Grant application launch: Monday, November 27, 2023

  • Info session: (To be determined)

  • Application deadline:  Friday, December 15, 2023

Apply Now

Multilingual applications are now available:

Kriolu (Cape Verdean Creole) 

Español (Spanish)

Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole)

简体中文 (Simplified Chinese)

廣東話 (Traditional Chinese)

TIẾNG VIỆT (Vietnamese)


Application Requirements 

Businesses must submit a complete application by December 15th, 2023

which will include the following:

  • Valid certificate of occupancy  (as appropriate)
  • Valid business certificate from the City of Boston OR your 2022 or 2023 annual report for your Massachusetts state-registered corporation
  • Budget template provided in application
  • Letter of community support from a neighborhood or community group (OPTIONAL)
  • Copy of 2022 IRS filing for business tax
  • Valid Supplier ID
  • Completed program application

Submit Application

*Please note that funds cannot be used for owner's salary but can be used for employees' salary*

General Program Policies
  • Grant funds must be used only in association with business establishments located within the City of Boston
  • Grant funds are awarded to a business and not to an individual
  • Read the full terms and conditions of this grant
  • Language accommodations
  • Food businesses in Qualified Census Tracts may be prioritized but all are welcome to apply

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