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Small Business Grant & Program Assistance (SBGPA)

In response to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Manchester is pleased to launch its SBGPA grant program, designed to both provide relief to businesses that have experienced significant negative financial impacts associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency and to allow for investments enabling future pandemic-related resilience of business operations. Awards for small businesses will range from $2,500 to $10,000, as determined by need, in the form of a reimbursement-based grant. Please read and consider all information to determine your business's eligibility for this program and the requirements for program awardees.

Applicants who meet the program eligibility criteria may be awarded up to $10,000 to advance their small business recovery proposals. Please visit the City's American Rescue Plan page to access the Small Business Grant Program Guidelines and Application Form. 

Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program

The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000.

Purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

This program is intended to help address workforce issues, consumer expectations, and overall restaurant safety challenges experienced by small, local restaurants across New Hampshire due to COVID-19.

Awards will be issued to applicants for reimbursement of eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchased between November 1, 2021, and January 11, 2023, to help them adapt to service and technology changes due to COVID-19 in the market that can be costly and disruptive.

To receive an award, eligible restaurants must apply by January 11, 2023 at 4:00 P.M., but applications will be reviewed and funds awarded on a rolling basis, with monthly funding rounds. Please visit the Governors Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) page to access the information and to apply. 


Manchester Recovery Loan Application (CLOSED, July 14, 2022)

Manchester Small Business Recovery Loan Program

The Manchester Small Business Recovery Loan Program is a proactive tool to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and support local businesses. The program is intended to complement existing federal emergency loan programs businesses are using while closed by providing easy-to-access working capital in advance of reopening. The program is a partnership between the City of Manchester and the Manchester Development Corporation.

Small businesses of 50 employees or less with a brick and mortar location in the City of Manchester and were directly impacted by the mandatory business closure order. Priority will be given to those small businesses that generally rely on serving customers in-person (i.e. dining, retail, hospitality, entertainment).

For more information, email recoveryloan@manchesternh.gov

COVID-19 Updates

For complete information about doing business in Manchester and the latest Economic Development news please visit: http://www.yourmanchesternh.com/

Contact Information

Manchester Economic Development Office (MEDO)
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101

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Phone: (603) 624-6505
Fax: (603) 624-6308

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8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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