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The Plymouth One Fund was established in collaboration with Masks4Meds and the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce in an effort to support the vibrancy of Plymouth’s small business community during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide important resources in the form of financial support to help ease the impacts of the global pandemic. Since 2020 The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, a trusted local foundation has been the operating organization which oversees the foundation, grant awards and fundraising efforts to continue to grow this important fund for our small business community. The immediate goal of the One Fund was to aid businesses affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, however the long-term goal is to continue the initiative indefinitely to ensure small businesses have options for support when experiencing financial hardships. Unfortunately, our community learned quickly during the pandemic that we had no resources or financial means to help our friends, neighbors and the faces of our community during tough times. Small businesses are the backbone of our community and our why our communities are so special, vibrant and make it attractive to live, work, visit and enjoy! The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce will always be committed to doing all we can to help our local business community and having the Plymouth One Fund available during financial hardships is imperative to maintain the integrity and vitality of our small businesses.
To date, The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted several, very successful fundraising events to support The Plymouth One Fund and pleased to report that $90k has been distributed to Plymouth Small Businesses. Small businesses are awarded the funds after guidance and review from a committee which is comprised of local businesses and members of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses are required to complete the application process and disclose financial statements to determine eligibility. The committee and process if confidential.
We are so thankful for the support from so many! All donations and monies received have been from local donations through online, sponsorships or fundraising events. We knew the fund would grow by working together. However, with inflation, supply chain shortages and employment challenges, this fund continues to be an important resource for our businesses to turn to for assistance and we must continue our efforts to replenish as often as possible.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Plymouth-based small business
  • Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic or have experienced a financial hardship or disruption in business including but not limited to: flood, fire, theft, deployment, loss of spouse or family member.
  • Preference to year round, community-minded, brick and mortar business
  • Used for business expenses, marketing, workforce training initiatives or hiring.
  • Typical award between $500-$5000
  • Application will require disclosure of general business and financial information
  • Current in all taxes
Business Owners Apply Here For the Plymouth One Fund Grant

Grant Conditions

  • Grant proceeds must be used for operational expenses for your business, marketing, and and/or expert consultants. Documentation will be requested at application submittal.
  • Grants may not be used for capital expenses or payment of taxes or assessments.
  • Businesses cannot apply for a grant more than once in a 5year span.
Business Owners Apply Here For the Plymouth One Fund Grant

Plymouth One Fund Press Release

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce & Masks4Meds Announce the Plymouth One Fund

Plymouth, MA — The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC) and Masks4Meds are proud to announce the Plymouth One Fund, a fund created to provide financial support to qualifying small businesses in Plymouth, MA. The immediate goal of the One Fund is to aid businesses affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The long term goal is to continue the initiative indefinitely to ensure small businesses have options for support when experiencing financial hardships. The PACC and Masks4Meds have set an initial goal of $250,000, and as a result of the fundraising efforts by the Masks4Meds team, the fund is off to a great start with nearly $20,000.

Masks4Meds is a grassroots fundraiser spearheaded by Plymouth, MA residents. The initial goal was to raise funds to purchase surgical masks for Boston and South Shore, Massachusetts hospitals, nursing homes, fire departments, police departments, and other public facilities. As of today, the organization has provided 53,000 surgical masks to nearly 60 healthcare and public service facilities from Boston to Falmouth, MA.

The second goal of Masks4Meds was to create a community relief fund for small businesses in the Town of Plymouth. The relief fund has since been named The Plymouth One Fund and has become a collaborative effort between The Plymouth Area of Chamber of Commerce and Masks4Meds. Founder of Masks4Meds, Kosta Haveles said, “Our team wanted to help! We simply wanted to take action as concerned citizens, to do what we can to raise funds to immediately help our healthcare workers and provide financial assistance to those businesses we love to frequent. The support from the community has been off the charts and we want to make a positive impact with our donors’ support to get through this incredibly difficult time.”

The Plymouth One Fund will provide aid in the form of unrestricted grants to support rent, employee salaries, and operating costs. The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, a trusted local foundation, will collect donations and administer the funds, with guidance from a committee comprised of members of the Chamber.  Small businesses will be asked to complete an application to determine eligibility and you do not have to be a member of the Chamber to apply. The Plymouth One Fund intends to release multiple funding rounds as monies become available. This goal is completely dependent on contributions. Donations can be made by visiting plymouthchamber.com. The team is hopeful to partner with the local service industries, enabling all parties to work collectively to raise money for ONE community organization.

“Thousands of businesses in our community are deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. These businesses support thousands of local jobs. They’re our friends and neighbors and the face of our community. We are committed to doing all we can to help them through this destabilizing time,” said Amy Naples, Executive Director of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. “At this time, it is imperative that we all work together to maintain the integrity and vitality of our small businesses, the backbone of our community. We are hopeful the community will support our efforts in helping our small businesses that are always the ones to step up and support all of us. In addition, the fund will also be teaming up with local businesses and organizations in Plymouth to create fundraising opportunities for the community to donate to the fund. The fund will grow by working together.”

To contribute to the Plymouth One Fund, please visit www.plymouthchamber.com

Note: The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and all contributions are charitable and tax-deductible.

Applications will be available on the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce website, plymouthchamber.com.

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