Communities Across Massachusetts Rally to Support Small Businesses with Crowdfunding Campaigns

Amherst, Stoughton and Boston among local community organizations raising funds to support their small business communities during COVID-19 related shutdown.
BOSTON - April 30, 2020 - PRLog -- The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have created an economic crisis for the small businesses that are the heart and soul of Massachusetts' downtowns and Main Streets. Now, more than ever, those small businesses, their owners, and their workers are in need of support to survive this crisis. While Federal and State relief efforts and small business loan programs can help, they are also over-stretched and slow to disburse, if at all. Because of this, groups across the state have launched crowdfunding campaigns to raise funds to cover immediate needs of their small business communities.

Friends of Stoughton Center, Boston Main Streets Foundation and Downtown Amherst Foundation are among the Massachusetts groups who have partnered with the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity to allow area residents and organizations to directly support the small business community through these incredibly difficult times.

"Over the years our work at Patronicity has focused on building and supporting vibrant communities through community-driven creative placemaking initiatives. Through that work we learned the intense value that small business has on not just local economies but on the social fabric of a community," said Jonathan Berk, director at Patronicity. "Now, more than ever before, it's vital for communities to rally around and support, where they can, the neighborhood small businesses community."

The Patronicity Small Business Support program runs through the end of May and offers one-on-one project coaching and is waiving platform fees normally charged to project teams.  Funds can be distributed on a rolling basis during the duration of campaigns as groups identify qualified business. Learn more at

Patronicity is a civic & community-based crowdfunding platform aimed at building more vibrant communities by creating engagement with the public to support projects meaningful to sponsors and area residents. Patronicity's award-winning crowdgranting model – an easy application process & cost-effective administration – brings deeper engagement and broader press & public recognition which is aimed directly at a sponsor's mission for creating better communities

Barbara Lash

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