2011-10-05 / News

In Waynesboro

Grants available for downtown businesses
By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Waynesboro’s Downtown Development Authority has money to give away.

The board is on the hunt for business owners to take advantage of their newly launched Inside-Out Grant.

The program, which will provide grants from $ 250 to $1,000, is designed to provide business owners with up to 50 percent in matching funds for projects ranging from façade improvements to interior renovations.

According to DDA chair Lindsai Gentry, the grants can help pay for anything from new awnings or signs to sprinkler systems or other improvements to get older buildings up to code.

Last week, DDA members agreed to distribute up to $2,500 during the first cycle of grants, for which they’ll begin taking applications today (Wednesday). That means anywhere from two to 10 business owners could get checks, depending on the costs of the projects.

While this round of the Inside Out program was funded in its entirety by a donation from the First National Bank of Waynesboro, Gentry said another series of grants is expected to be awarded in 2012 as more donations come in and the board continues to raise funds through “Bird Dog Capital of the World” tumbler sales.

INSIDE AND OUT

Among the eligible projects are exterior painting, roofing, masonry repair, window repair or replacement, awnings, façade improvements, exterior cleaning and work that helps meet life safety and building codes, including electrical and plumbing.

GETTING STARTED

To learn more or apply for a grant, pick up an application and guidelines at Waynesboro City Hall or the Waynesboro Ice Plant. Deadline for this round of applications is Oct. 19. Applications are also available online. Go to www.burkechamber.org then choose the Waynesboro tab.

STOCK UP

To purchase “Bird Dog Capital of the World” Tervis Tumblers to benefit the Ins ide-Out

Grant program, call

DDA member Elizabeth Billips at 706-551- 0729. Photos of the tumblers are available on Downtown Waynesboro: Main Street’s page on www.facebook.com.

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