City of Boston SPACE Grant Program Application Now Open

The City of BostonĀ  is working to identify creative ways to bring people back to commercial districts to revitalize our local economy. We are seeking to help small business owners secure new storefront space or expand to a space by subsidizing the costs associated with operating expenses.

The S.P.A.C.E. (Supporting Pandemic Affected Community Enterprises) Grant Program will prioritize helping small businesses grow, with a priority for industries that were most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These prioritized businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • art, creative economy, and entertainment
  • childcare
  • fitness, recreation, wellness
  • food service and production
  • repair, maintenance, and laundry services
  • restaurants
  • retail

Please note: Liquor stores, cannabis establishments, office spaces, franchises, and lab spaces will not be considered for this program.


All applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for a grant:

  • Business must be incorporated in a Qualified Census Tract or one of the prioritized businesses mentioned above.
  • Fewer than twenty-five employees (not including the business owner).
  • Business owners must provide proof of a Boston business address (e.g., a signed lease, business permit / license / title, utility bill in which the business is named directly, or other home office documentation).
  • Business and business owner must be in good-standing with the City of Boston
  • Business must provide a copy of its up-to-date Business Certificate
  • Application Evaluation Criteria for applications

Supporting Pandemic Affected Community Enterprises Benefits:

We provide grants of $100,000-$200,000 for 50 small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 that are looking to fill vacant commercial space in the City.
First cohort application deadline:
February 17, 2023

15-20 Grantees chosen for the first cohort: April 2023

For more Information: Visit the website for City of Boston SPACE Grant Program

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