Business Resources

Current Projects

In 2021, the City of Gloucester was awarded a Local Rapid Recovery (LRRP) technical assistance grant by the MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Massachusetts LRRP Program was designed to rapidly assist communities develop Local Rapid Recovery Plans for targeting specific projects in downtown and commercial districts that address the impacts of Covid-19 and build for the future. In partnership with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Discover Gloucester, the City participated in this initiative to better understand and support our downtown businesses and stakeholders as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Gloucester Local Rapid Recovery Plan (LRRP)


Gloucester Signage Improvement Grant Program Application

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

If your business or non-profit was impacted by the coronavirus and you are seeking assistance, please fill out the form below. We are working hard to identify state and federal resources to aid Gloucester businesses and non-profits during this difficult time. Thank you. 

For general business questions please email:

Gloucester Reopening Task Force - Business Update Meeting & Resources

COVID-19 Business Updates

The Commonwealth's "Reopening Massachusetts" process is now underway, and all businesses and organizations should review that process to determine when they are permitted to reopen.  All businesses and organizations that provided COVID-19 Essential Services were included in Phase 1 of the reopening plan. 

Please visit for full details on the reopening plan.

Unemployment Benefits

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Update

The SBA is here to help small businesses overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  They offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief.

For more information on SBA relief programs visit:

Customer Service Center can be reached at: 1-800-659-2955 or email

Sign-up for the latest updates at or follow @SBA_MA.

Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund

In partnership with the City of Gloucester and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and working with local municipalities, Action Inc. is launching the Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund to allow us to help hourly workers impacted by the crisis. To support the Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund please visit Action,Inc..  Your support will help food service, retail, hospitality, childcare and other hourly workers struggling with lost income.  

To apply for help, please visit

City of Gloucester COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant Program (CLOSED)

The City of Gloucester established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant Program to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses within the City of Gloucester that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small businesses in the City of Gloucester to cover working capital, wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.

The program awarded a total of $469,500 in grants to 48 Gloucester businesses, providing funding up to $10,000 to qualified applicants. Funding for the grant program has been provided through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which are allocated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

To be notified of future grant opportunities, please complete the COVID-19 Business Assistance Request Form

Current grantees, please visit HERE for helpful links and documents.