FY21 Tourism Mini Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the organizations that have been awarded funding through the Town’s Tourism Mini-Grant program. Best of luck for a successful summer!

Cape Cod Art CenterBarnstablePlein Air conference Sept:  advertising
Cape Cod Maritime MuseumHyannisGet hooked on fishing:  August event programming costs
Cotuit Library AssociationCotuitCotuit Kite Festival: advertising costs
Cotuit-Santuit Civic AssociationCotuitJuly 4 parade
Greater Hyannis Civic AssociationHyannisJuly 4 parade AND boat parade
Hyannis Athletic AssociationHyannisPromo materials: stats & game books printing
Hyannis Public LibraryHyannisMulti-lingual Story Walk series: design/purchase signs
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation, Inc.HyannisRipple exhibit
Love Live Local IncHyannisLove Local Fest
Osterville Business & Professional AssociationOstervilleAnnual Village Directory: print costs
Osterville Village LibraryOstervilleExperience Osterville Guidebook: printing costs
Tales of Cape CodBarnstableSpeaker series
Whelden Memorial LibraryWest BarnstableWest Barnstable is Family Friendly: print & social media

2021 Tourism Mini-Grants available from the Town of Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable invites Civic Associations and Nonprofits to submit an application for a 2021 Tourism Mini-Grant.

The Tourism Mini-Grant Program is designed to aid our seven villages in promoting new or existing events and festivals to draw visitors to our town and villages.  All civic associations and nonprofit organizations that are marketing village events to visitors and/or providing visitor services are eligible and encouraged to apply.

These grants are available up to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant, and require one-to-one matching funds.


All applications must be submitted to the Town of Barnstable on or before 11:59 pm, Monday March 1, 2021. Grants will be awarded on or before March 31, 2021. The link to the application and complete rules and guidelines is provided here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/TownOfBarnstable1/_2021TownOfBarnstableTourismMiniGrants

For more information, or if you have questions about the application process, please contact Gloria McPherson, Planning & Economic Development Coordinator, at gloria.mcpherson@town.barnstable.ma.us

Tourism Mini-Grant Program Rules & Guidelines

  1. All civic associations and nonprofit organizations that are marketing village events to visitors and/or providing visitor services are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  2. Grants will be awarded to promote and market new and/or existing special events and festivals within Barnstable’s seven villages that draw visitors to Barnstable. 
  3. Projects must complement or expand the Town of Barnstable’s overall mission of attracting new and repeat visitors to the town.  
  4. Mini-Grant projects should include, but not be limited to, placement and production of advertising to attract visitors to the region. 
  5. Grant funds cannot be used for staff, administration, operations, and travel or entertainment purposes.
  6. Matching funds are required on a one-for-one basis for grants.
  7. Applications must be for the primary benefit of the Town of Barnstable.  Mini-Grant funds used for any other purpose will be revoked.
  8. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to develop, market, distribute and account for all advertising products.
  9. The Town of Barnstable MUST APPROVE ALL PROJECTS PRIOR TO THEIR EXECUTION.  Failure to submit projects for prior approval will result in revocation of the Mini-Grant funds.
  10. All projects must include the Town of Barnstable Seal.
  11. Grant request deadline is March 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm.
  12. Grants will be awarded on or before March 31, 2021.
  13. Successful applicants, must, within seven (7) days of being awarded a mini-grant, respond in writing that they are accepting the amount awarded and have read and understood all terms and conditions set forth in the guidelines and will abide by these terms and conditions. 
  14. Projects must be completed by the end of 2021.

The Town of Barnstable’s Economic Development Program offers assistance and guidance to existing and prospective businesses through the efforts of staff and collaborative community partnerships. More information about the program can be found here.

29 DEC 2020 – NEW ROUND Of MA COVID-19 Small Business Relief Funds Available

Additional businesses will be awarded as soon as next week through the Mass Growth Capital Corporation.

Last week Governor Baker announced a $668 Million Small Business Relief Package to boost the Small Business Grant Program, prioritizing several industries that have continued to be hard hit by the pandemic and public health restrictions. These include:

  • Restaurants, bars, and caterers
  • Indoor recreation and entertainment establishments
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Event support professionals (photographers, videographers, etc…)
  • Personal services
  • Retail

Grants will be offered up to $75,000, but not more than 3 months operating expenses. Funds may be used to pay rent, payroll and benefits, utilities, and to pay down debt, among other expenses.

The Small Business Grant Program, which was established in the fall, currently has a pool of eligible, but currently unfunded, applicants. This additional funding will allow for grant awards to more of those pending applications.

Eligible businesses that already applied to the program but were not funded due to limited funds available will be prioritized for funding and do not need to reapply. New applications for additional funding will be accepted from December 31 through January 15. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will administer the funds and manage applications.

For additional details about eligibility and how to apply, click here. To view Governor Baker’s full press release,

13 DEC 2020 – STATEWIDE ROLLBACK TO Phase 3, Step 1

  • Effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1: The entire Commonwealth will move to Phase 3, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan. In addition, the following updates to capacity limits will go into effect:
    • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and public spaces to 50 people
    • Outdoor Theaters and Performance Venues to 25% and no more than 50 people
    • Close Indoor Theaters and Performance Venues and a few smaller indoor recreation businesses like roller rinks and trampoline parks
    • Reduce capacity from 50% to 40% for several industry sectors noted below:
      • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
      • Driving and Flight Schools
      • Gyms/Health Clubs
      • Libraries
      • Museums
      • Retail
      • Offices
      • Places of Worship
      • Lodging (common areas)
      • Golf
      • Movie theaters (no more than 50 people per theater)
  • Restaurants and Event Venues Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to restaurant and event venue protocols with regard to face coverings, seating, and performances
    • Wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
    • Seat no more than six per table and encourage customers to only dine with same household
    • Put a 90-minute time limit on tables
    • Prohibit all musical performances at restaurants
    • Close food court seating
  • Workplaces and Fitness Centers Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to the Office Spaces and Fitness Centers protocols with regard to face coverings
    • Require mask wearing in offices when not in your own workspace and alone
    • Require mask wearing at all times in gyms
    • Encourage teleworking

All updates to sector specific guidance can be found on www.mass.gov/reopening later this week.