We are always proud to be a partner in your work serving low-income Boston residents, and we recognize that during this difficult time many of your organizations will be on the front line of providing services to our communities. For our part we are working to mitigate the impact of this crisis on our partners by taking the following steps:

We will continue to process contracts and invoices. Our staff is currently working remotely and can be reached via email. If you are not sure who to contact for a particular issue, please email owd.boston.gov. Checks will be mailed to the address on file or processed as an electronic payment. As always, you should be in touch with your grant manager if you have a question about a contract or invoice.

As the situation evolves, we will issue guidelines on adapted grant requirements.
For Neighborhood Jobs Trust or Alternative Education Initiative grants: We will work with City of Boston colleagues to adapt requirements as needed. Please share your plans with your grant manager, and provide any feedback that will help us serve you during this crisis.

For state or federal grants through our office (e.g., CDBG or WIOA): Our staff is working diligently to pull together guidance from state and federal funding sources. As we know more, we will share.

We will continue to advocate for the needs of job-seekers, low-income Boston residents, and you, our partners. We remain in communication with state and federal policy-makers and intend to share your on-the-ground feedback with them. As your plans take shape, please don’t hesitate to reach out to share your needs and concerns.

As Mayor Walsh said, “We have been knocked down before. But we always get back up. And with vigilance and patience, with empathy and love, we will get through this, together.”


COVID-19 Information

For the latest coronavirus updates in the City of Boston, visit boston.gov/coronavirus. Or text BOSCOVID to 99411 to receive daily updates. For information on available city services, call the city hotline at 3-1-1.

Economic Relief

Your organization may apply for local grants from the Boston Resiliency Fund. To apply, please fill out this form.

Your organization may also apply for a low-cost loan – either an Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan or a Paycheck Protection Program Loan – through the federal CARES Act. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting April 3rd. See this overview of both loan programs. For further information on disaster-assistance loans for small businesses and nonprofits, please see the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s list of resources.

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