Belfast rolls out micro-enterprise assistance and business facade grant programs
The City of Belfast has approved guidelines and applications for two new economic development assistance programs — a micro-enterprise assistance grant program and a business façade grant program. Interested Belfast businesses and property owners may now apply. Both programs are being funded by a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant that was awarded to the City of Belfast earlier this year.
The micro-enterprise assistance grant program will provide grants of up to $15,000 to qualifying Belfast micro-businesses to be used to fund purchases of items such as equipment, interior improvements, and inventory. The business façade grant program will also provide grants of up to $15,000 to Belfast businesses or property owners to be used to fund improvements to the exteriors of commercial buildings either located in Belfast’s slum and blight district, or commercial buildings that qualify for a "spot blight" designation.
Both programs will have a cash match requirement. Applications for both programs will be due at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. Application packets can be downloaded at www.cityofbelfast.org/micro-business, or requested from Thomas Kittredge, Belfast’s Economic Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 338-3370 ext. 16.
The CDBG program’s primary objective is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.