We’re sending a Sunday night email blast because we want to make sure our businesses know about a $5,000 grant opportunity hosted by the US Chamber Foundation that opens tomorrow, April 20th, at 3 pm EST. We understand from our state partners that the application, once it goes live, is expected to take 10 minutes, and you will need your business’ W-9 form. This grant is available for businesses with 3-20 employees, and in Brookline, includes those businesses with area codes of 02467, 02446, 02447. Note this opportunity is NOT offered for Brookline businesses with area code 02445. Grants will be awarded weekly (but you only need to apply once).
Secondly, for those of you tracking the additional liquor licenses granted by the state for specific commercial neighborhoods in Brookline - you may be interested in pending local action, that if passed at Spring Town Meeting, would petition the state legislature to reallocate unused liquor licenses from Washington Square to either Brookline Village and/or Coolidge Corner. More information about Warrant Article 25 is available online. The Advisory Committee will be holding a virtual public hearing on Thursday, April 23rd, beginning at 7:30 pm.
Third, we want to make sure all businesses know about the MBTA’s plans to continue renovations of the green line renovations this summer. Some of you experienced the intermittent work on nights and weekends on the “D” line the last couple years. This summer, the MBTA is turning to the “C” line, and concentrating the work to the month of July and first week of August, which includes shutting the “C” line down completely and replacing service with shuttle buses. Brookline staff and the Transportation Board have asked that the MBTA team outreach to the business community through different business associations, the Disability Commission, and Council on Aging before the Transportation Board’s May meeting so you can learn about the MBTA proposals and provide comment to the Board. For more information, you can view the Transportation Board meeting last week, which included a presentation from the MBTA. The Transportation Board will welcome any comments by emailing Todd Kirrane at [email protected].
Finally, we continue to update information and available funding sources that come (like the US Chamber Foundation grant) and go (like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan) on the Town’s Business Resource webpage. Please join us Thursday at 9 am for our weekly virtual Town Hall meeting for Brookline businesses and non-profits.