Downtown Taunton Foundation would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of our small businesses and our arts & culture community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Our goal is to provide helpful information and updates for the Downtown community, including businesses, residents, individual artists, and visitors.  Please check back regularly as we make changes and additions as information comes to us.  Things change rapidly and we are doing our best to keep up as we, like so many, work from home.

On this page you will find:


  • Small Business resources
  • Resources for the arts & culture community
  • Ways that the community can help
  • Helpful and interesting links

Downtown Virtual Tip Jar

Follow the link below to support your favorite Downtown business or employee with a tip thru Venmo or Paypal.  Check back regularly as we will update our list daily as more businesses & individuals sign up.

Downtown Taunton Virtual Tip Jar

Donate to Keep Applause Academy From Closing It's Doors Forever

A Go Fund Me page has been started with the goal of raising $70K to keep this vital non-profit from closing.  This theater based youth organization has been a beloved part of the Taunton community for almost 11 years.  Help by donating or by sharing the page on social media.


Milhench, a local supply company, is available to take your business order for PPE.  Contact them today to set up an account and place an order.

Resources for Small Businesses

Federal and State of MA governments are both offering guidance and resources for small businesses at this time.  Information is constantly changing and getting updated.  Below are links that we hope will be helpful to those seeking assistance.

BID & DTF staff are available to assist your small business through this difficult time in any way possible.  Please contact Colleen Simmons at for questions or for assistance.

Adapting to COVID-19 A Quick Reference for Restaurants and Food Service Environments

The following resources have been compiled to
support MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) communities’ restaurants and
food service operations as they adapt and react to
the impacts of the novel Coronovirus (“COVID-19”). Download the PDF using the following link: Food Business Checklist Resource

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses

At this webpage you will find links to:

– Re-opening guidelines for businesses in general as well as industry specific guidelines

-Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program
– Emergency Order re: Essential Services and Assemblage Guidance
– Administrative Tax Relief Measures
– MGCC Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
– MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline
– Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Resources

COVID-19 Business For All Grants

The current COVID-19 crisis has been a game changer for small businesses. To ensure Business for All, Hello Alice with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and others is offering $10,000 emergency grants, being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by this pandemic. Vist for the details and to explore other programs and resources offered.  

COVID-19 Guidance and Small Business Resources

At this webpage you will find links to:

– Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
– SBA Express Bridge Loans
– Guidance for Businesses and Employers
– SBA Products and Resources
– Government Contracting
– Local Assistance


Empowered Women Empower Women: Grant Opp

Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen neighborhoods, cities and countries, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3. Visit for more information. 

Doonie Fund

Are you a black female entrepreneur? Take this quick survey to determine eligibility for the Doonie Fund, named after Kathryn “Doonie” Hale. Follow this link.

Fashion Fund for COVID-19 Relief

A Common Thread is a storytelling initiative spearheaded by Vogue and in collaboration with the CFDA, to raise both awareness and needed funds for those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants made by A Common Thread will target designers, small retailers and other fashion companies whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Follow this link for more information and to apply. 

Resources for the Arts & Culture Cummunity

Downtown Taunton Foundation has a stated mission of promoting arts & culture in Downtown Taunton.  In addition to our own arts & culture programming, Downtown Taunton is home to several arts & culture businesses and organizations including Trescott Street Gallery, Real Art Sudios, Paris Academy of Ballroom Dancing, Applause Academy, Old Colony History Museum, and The District Center for the Arts. Our goal is to provide guidance and support to this segment of our community during this difficult time for all. 

MASSCreative: Collecting & Sharing data

This Massachusetts non-profit is currently collecting survey data from both individual artists and from arts & culture organizations so that they can advocate at both the state and federal level for the creative community.  Visit their website for the latest information. Complete a survey for individual artists here or for an arts & culture organization here to share your economic impact story. 

New England Foundation for the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.  NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at

Mass Cultural Council

MCC has a page dedicated to COVID-19 resources.  Visit for more information.  

Helpful and Interesting Links