Seven Downtown York Businesses Awarded Downtown Bloom Grants
July 15, 2019
The microgrants are part of the YCEA’s YoCo Bloom program
Downtown Inc and the York County Economic Alliance on Wednesday proudly announced that seven city businesses have received funding through the Downtown Bloom Grant program, an extension of the YoCo Bloom micro-grant program.
“These are micro grants with big impact. Each recipient has a ready-to-go project that not only will move their business forward, but will positively impact our downtown,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “If anything, this process showed us that our downtown business owners have an abundance of ideas to expand their operations and just need a little extra support to make them happen. We’re proud to support those goals with these grant awards.”
The grant recipients are:
- Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast: For façade improvements, painting, signage replacement/update, and canopy installation.
- Kaletta’s: For the development of a new courtyard space and related landscaping.
- Lele B’s Boutique, Memory Lane Sweets, Meta Hair Studio: For collective beautification efforts along South Beaver Street, including outdoor seating, flower containers and flowers.
- Revival Social Club: For exterior and façade lighting improvements at the restaurant.
- World A Cuts Barber Institute: To fund three student barber kits and allow the enrollment of three new students.
“When Downtown Inc and YCEA affiliated in 2018, our top priority was to be more impactful for our community and our small businesses. Today’s announcement of our Downtown Bloom grant recipients is direct evidence in support of that goal,” said Kevin Schreiber, President and CEO of YCEA. “We were impressed with all our applicants this year and thank everyone for their continued dedication to our community.”
A total of $15,000 in grant funding was awarded. Overall, 18 businesses applied for Downtown Bloom Grants. Ten finalists had the opportunity to pitch their concepts to YCEA and Downtown Inc in June.
Staff from both organizations evaluated the applications and pitch presentations, focusing on how they impacted Downtown Inc’s mission to drive, enhance and encourage investment in Downtown York.
The York County Economic Alliance launched its YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Program in 2018. To date, 11 York County businesses have received funding.
An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.
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