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Mayor Sarno Announced the Release of the ‘Prime the Pump’ Grant to Assist Our Restaurants

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan today announced the release of the “Prime the Pump” grant application, aimed at providing immediate financial relief for restaurants in Springfield that have transitioned to take out service models. The goal of the program is to help preserve jobs and assist restaurant businesses through this difficult time. 

“Restaurants are the lifeblood of many of our neighborhood commercial districts,” said Mayor Sarno. “It’s critical that we do what we can to help support them in this difficult time, and hope the public will make a special effort to support our neighborhood businesses.”

The Prime the Pump program is a grant program of up to $15,000 per award, and applications are only open this week – due back on Friday, March 27, 2020 by 5:00 pm, with a goal of getting funding out to businesses as soon as possible. There is a limited pool of funding and the applications will be competitively scored. 

Applications will only be accepted by email.  Interested restaurants seeking an application should email Anthony Moore in the Economic Development office at, or visit the City of Springfield’s COVID-19 Business Resources site on the Planning & Economic Development page of the city website at

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