Small Business Improvement Grants in Atlanta, San Antonio, More US Cities

Improvements to commercial buildings can help businesses stand out to potential customers. But it is not always possible for small businesses to fund these important projects. Fortunately, some recent grant programs are designed to help companies make these changes, including one launched this week in Atlanta. Read about this scholarship and other opportunities in cities across the country below.

Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Improvement Grant

The City of Atlanta is launching a new $3.5 million grant program to help small businesses improve their locations. The Commercial Property Improvement Grant program offers grants of up to $50,000 for exterior and interior improvements. United Way of Greater Atlanta and Invest Atlanta are facilitating this program as part of the Atlanta Open for Business Fund, which is funded by a $20 million donation from Wells Fargo. Recipients must deliver an agreement of at least 10 percent of the prize and meet other eligibility criteria. Applications will be accepted until funds are allocated or until the program ends in 2024.

San Antonio COVID Impact Grants Program

San Antonio, Texas just unveiled another round of COVID Impact Grants. The $17 million program offers grants between $15,000 and $35,000, along with a $10,000 construction impact allowance. Funded by the city’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, the program will be administered by LiftFund, a nonprofit small business lender. The city and LiftFund have provided more than $42 million in grants to small businesses since the pandemic began. Applications for this round must be submitted by August 22.

Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival Vendor Impact Grant

Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival is accepting Vendor Impact Grant applications from local businesses that need support to participate in the event. This is the second year of the program, which provides funding to help minority-owned, ethnically diverse and/or LGBT businesses participate in one of the city’s signature events. The grant covers supplier fees, which are equivalent to approximately $2,500, for ten local businesses. Last year, the program supported five companies, which will again receive funding if they choose to participate. The deadline for applying for grants is August 12.

Boston Black Male Advancement Grants

The City of Boston’s Office of Black Male Advancement awards $100,000 in grants to support black men and boys. The grants go to 25 organizations and are funded through My Brother’s Keeper. Each organization receives $7,500 to support its activities and further its mission. The city specifically focuses on organizations that help in key areas such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship, youth development and community organization.

Akron ARPA Scholarships

Akron, Ohio is launching a new program that will provide $10,000 in grants to eligible businesses. The $1 million program is funded by the city’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds. The Greater Akron Chamber will administer the grants. The online application portal is expected to open on 15 August and applications must be submitted by 2 September.

St. Cloud Entertainment District Building Grants

St. Cloud, Minnesota offers grants of up to $1,000 to help downtown businesses affected by ongoing construction in the area. This grant program totals $50,000 and is part of the city’s COVID recovery grant program. Grants are for businesses in the Entertainment District between 9th and 13th Street and between Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. The application period closes on September 15, or when all funds have been awarded.

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