Join the Blandford Walk Audit – RESCHEDULED

Please join Hilltown Community Development, Healthy Hampshire, and WalkBoston for the BLANDFORD WALK AUDIT!
This is a two-part event, so please hold BOTH Dates!

• Ped101 Zoom session on April 28 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm: Zoom link will be provided when you RSVP.
During this online event, WalkBoston will lead participants through a presentation of the key elements of walkable rural town centers and give an overview of what to expect during the walk audit.

• Walk Audit on April 30, in-person at 11am: We will meet at the Town Hall parking lot on 1 Russell Stage Road.
This will take place in-person and will cover approximately one mile in Blandford’s town center/town common area. In compliance with Governor Baker’s March 22 Appendix to COVID-19 Order #63 (issued March 18, 2021), the walk audit will be limited to 25 people. Masks will be required.

Micro-Enterprise Grant Funding and Assistance with Food Purchases Now Available

Hilltown CDC currently has two new programs of interest for residents: The Micro-Enterprise Relief Program which offers grants to business owners with 5 or less employees that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 and the Hilltown Food Bucks Program which offers coupons or “bucks” for low to moderate income families to use while shopping at select locations.

Hilltown Food Bucks Program: This is a local effort to help Hilltown residents stretch their food dollars while supporting our critical local food businesses in a difficult time of social and economic stress. Eligible participants can receive between $100-$125 food coupons per month for five months to be used at participating local stores and farms. The coupons double your spending power when you make a purchase, so a shopping basket worth $80 can be paid for with $40 of coupons and $40 of your own money. Visit the Food Bucks website for more info.

Micro-Enterprise Relief Program: The program will provide one-time grants for business owners who need financial assistance to support business operational costs in order to keep the business sustainable. Grant funds must be used within two months of award. Applications are now being accepted. Funding will be awarded based on a first come, first eligible, completed application basis, subject to the availability of funding. Grant amounts will range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 to cover business losses incurred after May 10, 2020. Visit the Micro-Enterprise website for more info.