YoCo Bloom Grant Program to Grow Downtown York Businesses


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YORK, PA – Downtown Inc and the York County Economic Alliance on Thursday proudly announced that the YoCo Bloom micro-grant program has expanded in 2019 to offer funds exclusively for Downtown York businesses ready to take the next step in their growth.

A total of $15,000 is available for qualified projects under the new Downtown Bloom grant program.

“This grant program is designed specifically to help our downtown companies address a tangible need that will help them improve productivity, expand their services and broaden their impact. By helping our city’s businesses today, we hope that they will create a better York tomorrow,” said Silas Chamberlin, YCEA Vice President of Economic and Community Development. “When Downtown Inc launched its strategic affiliation with YCEA last fall, we envisioned new opportunities to nurture and support our downtown businesses, and expanding the YoCo Bloom micro-grant program is a natural way to align our missions for the betterment of our city and county.”

The York County Economic Alliance launched its YoCo Bloom Micro-Grant Program in 2018 with the intent that grant awards would act as a stepping stone for businesses to create lasting change in York County. Three businesses – MarshmallowMBA, Studio 117 and Mt. Rose Barberama – were awarded inaugural grant funds.

Businesses interested in applying for the Downtown Bloom Grant must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be a business located within the Central Business District to apply for and receive the grant. Click here to a view a map of the Central Business District.

  • Applicants cannot have more than 100 full- or part-time employees.

  • Applicants must match 10 percent of the grant’s capital value to show commitment to the project being funded.

  • Grant recipients must use the allocated funds within six months on a tangible company need.

  • Preference will be given to companies that use local businesses to fulfill the grant implementation.

Interested businesses may apply online at DowntownYorkPa.com/DowntownBloom. Applicants must submit the initial application form by 4 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019.

Downtown Inc and YCEA will announce finalists on May 10. Finalists will make their final presentation during a pitch competition in front of YCEA and Downtown Inc leadership.


An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.


Andrew Staub
Marketing & Communications Director
Downtown Inc