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Virginia Main Street Grants Announced
August 6, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam has announced that $172,000 in Virginia Main Street grants, including $132,000 awarded for seven projects in the towns of Abingdon and South Boston, and the cities of Bristol, Danville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg and Winchester, have been awarded.

“Vibrant downtown neighborhoods are important to help our cities and towns attract new businesses, invite tourism and grow the Virginia economy,” said Governor Northam. “The Virginia Main Street grants support efforts to revitalize downtown buildings, spark new economic development and drive more private investment to these areas.”

The Downtown Investment Grants (DIGs), administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), are for design and economic vitality projects targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities. These grants are available to designated Main Street organizations to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts by helping implement innovative strategies, plans and programs that create an environment for increased private investment.

To provide technical assistance and training certification, additional designated Virginia Main Street communities received funding, including the City of Franklin for consultant services to assist with vision and branding in FY 2019 and the City of Hopewell for National Main Street certification training.

In addition to the seven Downtown Investment Grants for the designated Virginia Main Street communities, six grants totaling $35,000 were given to Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate communities to assist in achieving their downtown revitalization goals. The grants were awarded to the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization in Arlington County, Russell County on behalf of the Dante Community Association, the City of Galax, and the towns of Narrows, Glade Spring and Stanardsville.

Commercial District Affiliate grants are offered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through the Virginia Main Street Program, the state’s coordinating program for Main Street America. The grants are designed to provide funding for projects or services that will assist communities or organizations in achieving their downtown revitalization goals.

FY 2019 Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grant Awards:

• Abingdon Main Street — Façade Improvement Program — $12,000

• Believe in Bristol — Façade Improvement Program — $25,000

• Destination Downtown South Boston — Keep Entrepreneurs Program (KEP) — $15,000

• Downtown Lynchburg Association — Downtown Lynchburg Vitality Program — $25,000

• Fredericksburg Main Street — Zero Interest Façade Loan Program — $25,000

• Old Town Development Board (Winchester) — Downtown Wayfinding — $10,000

• River District Association (Danville) — Façade Improvement Program — $25,000

FY 2019 Commercial District Affiliate Grantees:

• Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (Arlington County) — Columbia Pike Banner Program — $7,000

• City of Galax — Galax Main Street Banners — $3,300

• Town of Narrows — “Giles County Hometowns” Program — $7,000

• Project Glade (Town of Glade Spring) — Glade Spring Town Square Mural $5,900

• Russell County (Dante Community Association) — Dante Community Association Park Development — $4,800

• Stanardsville Area Revitalization (Town of Stanardsville) — Greene Commons Group — $7,000

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