FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YORK, PA – From increasing curb appeal to adding sidewalk cafes to improving façades, Downtown York’s business owners have plenty of ideas to grow their impact. Next month, 10 will have the opportunity to make their concepts a reality as part of the expanded YoCo Bloom micro-grant program.
Downtown Inc and the York County Economic Alliance are proud to announce that the following 10 businesses have been selected as finalists for the inaugural round of Downtown Bloom grants.
Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast
Lele B's Boutique
Make Me Over Beauty Supply
Memory Lane Sweets
Meta Hair Studio
Old Forge Brewing Company
Revival Social Club
The Curious Little Playhouse
World A Cuts Barber Institute
Overall, 18 business applied for Downtown Bloom grants. A total of $15,000 is available for qualified projects.
Finalists will present their projects to Downtown Inc and YCEA during an in-person pitch competition scheduled for June 11 and 13. Winners will be announced during a press conference later in June.
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. It expanded the program to include funding exclusively for Downtown York businesses this year.
Businesses interested in applying for the Downtown Bloom Grant were required to meet the following conditions:
Applicants must be a business located within the Central Business District to apply for and receive the grant.
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.
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.
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