Small business grants help companies with building improvement projects

Building improvements can be a major expense for small businesses. And many have had to make certain changes in recent years to navigate. Restaurants have laid out terraces. Historic buildings restored their storefronts. And offices added energy-efficient features. Many companies also have improvement projects planned for 2022.

Fortunately, many small business grant programs across the country are making these projects more accessible, improving the customer experience and the community at large. Here are some current small business grant opportunities for building improvements, pandemic recovery, and more.

Raleigh Building-Up Fit Grant

Raleigh’s Small Business Development Department is launching a new grant opportunity for local businesses. The Building-Up Fit Grant provides matching repayment funds up to $25,000 for eligible renovation projects. Companies with 50 employees or fewer can apply for grants for projects that significantly improve the appearance and value of the property. Companies must cover the initial costs and the grant can cover up to half of the project costs. The signup window is open until April 24.

St. Pete Beach Site Improvement Program

The St. Pete Beach Site Improvement Program offers grants of up to $7,500 to cover eligible improvement projects. Businesses in St. Pete Beach, Florida with fewer than 50 employees can apply for financing. And eligible projects may include ADA accessibility improvements, outdoor beautification, signage, and historic preservation. Grants can cover up to half the cost of each project, and companies can apply for an additional $7,500 loan to cover the rest. The deadline for applying for small business grants and loans through the program is May 13.

Gurnee Improvement Grants for Small Businesses

Gurnee, Illinois just approved a second round of its popular small business grant program. The first round was approved in September and the application period opened in November. Since then, approximately $200,000 of the allocated $250,000 has been pledged to qualified candidates. This is a matching subsidy program and the money must go to improvement projects such as the construction of a restaurant terrace. Each company can apply for up to $10,000. The first round is still accepting applications until the funds are allocated, and the second round could start later this year.

Sacramento County MicroBusiness Grant Program

Sacramento County is offering $2,500 in grants to microenterprises and freelancers still suffering from the pandemic. The program supports approximately 669 companies. To qualify, companies must have less than $50,000 in annual revenue and fewer than five full-time employees. Solopreneurs and freelancers can also apply. The online application portal is now open until April 29.

Shelby County Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Shelby County, Ohio has pledged $400,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for a new small business grant program. The program reimburses eligible companies for pandemic-related costs. Eligible physical location businesses can apply for between $5,000 and $25,000, and eligible home-based businesses can apply for between $5,000 and $10,000. The province is accepting applications until May 31.

Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Initiative

Solano County, California is providing grants of $2,500 to small businesses damaged by the pandemic. The Solano Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Initiative is funded through the California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Solano County is providing $450,000 to fund approximately 180 businesses with $2,500 microgrants. The application window is open until May 14.

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