York County Trail Towns Bloom Grant Program through the York County Economic Alliance Now Open!

The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is pleased to announce a new initiative within the YoCo Bloom grant program for York County Trail Towns. 

York County Economic Alliance launched the York County Trail Towns program in June 2020 to support five communities adjacent to the York County Heritage Rail Trail: City of York, Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom. Trail Towns provides a platform for focused economic development by increasing trail tourism and supporting and encouraging businesses to provide services and amenities to the nearly 500,000 trail users who pass through the communities each year.
The York County Trail Towns edition of the YoCo Bloom grant program will allocate $25,000 across the five Trail Town communities. This funding comes from a generous grant from York County Community Foundation, as well as York County Economic Alliance.
Grants up to $5,000 are available for projects intended to increase the portion of the business related to York County Heritage Rail Trail users and/or to make the business more trail user-friendly. This could be improved marketing and promotions aimed at trail users, expanding inventory, physical improvements (such as better lighting, storefront enhancements, façade repairs), addition of bike-friendly amenities (such as bike racks, water, restroom improvements), or other creative ideas. 

Complete Grant Criteria:
  • This program is primarily intended for for-profit businesses, but nonprofits providing a specific service to trail users may be eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations should contact the YCEA before applying.
  • Businesses must be located within one of the five York County Trail Towns: City of York, Seven Valleys, Glen Rock, Railroad, and New Freedom.
  • Businesses that have not received funding from previous YoCo Bloom grant programs will be given priority consideration.
  • Businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color will be given priority consideration.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11. Applicant finalists will be required to participate in a virtual pitch competition on Wednesday, April 28. A virtual information session will be held Tuesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. at no cost, but pre-registration is required. Register Here.

The online application is live now and is available here.
Additional details can be found on https://yorkcountytrailtowns.com/yoco-bloom-trail-towns-edition/
About the YCEA
YCEA drives York County’s economic growth by leveraging the collaboration, resources and expertise needed to create sustainable prosperity.
Katie Mahoney
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

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