Some businesses in downtown York have been selected to receive Bloom Grant funding from Downtown Inc. to help them recover or grow their businesses.
Downtown Inc announced the recipients of the 2021 Downtown Bloom Grant in a press release. The 10 downtown businesses that will receive funding, and what they plan to do with it, include:
- A Chinatown Express: purchase of new kitchen equipment
- C&P Media LLC: purchase of new video equipment
- Trust by CC: improvement of the attractiveness / creation of places, improvements in lighting; and security upgrades
- Lori V’s Pizza and Fried Delicacies: purchase of a new convection oven and upgrade of the point of sale
- Mr. Elene Vintage: updated exterior lighting and yard space improvements
- Mudhook Brewing Company: purchase of a two-way indoor fireplace
- Egyptian food from Neama: purchase of new equipment
- Our Sons and Daughters LLC: investment in a new range of products, renovation of existing facilities and strengthening of marketing capacities
- Sattva Mediation and Yoga Center: facades with new signage, furniture for registration and shelves for merchandise
- Grills of the world: purchase of new equipment and interior renovations
Grant funds, which total $ 25,000, were raised during Downtown Inc’s 2021 Give Local York campaign and will provide vital resources to ensure these businesses continue to thrive, the statement said. The individual amounts given to businesses will vary from $ 500 to $ 3,000.
“By helping businesses in our city today, Downtown hopes they will contribute to a better York tomorrow,” the statement said.
According to the release, the YoCo Bloom grant program was established in 2018 and expanded in 2019 to include a downtown focused grant specifically designed to help downtown businesses meet a tangible need that will help them improve. their productivity and to extend or improve their services.
“We have seen time and time again how vitally important these grants are to small businesses in our community, to ensure they continue to grow and prosper,” said Downtown Inc Director Elaine Bonneau. . funds directly into the hands of small business owners with this new round of Downtown Bloom grants. ”
Of the 10 companies financed, six are owned by BIPOC and seven are owned by women.
As of 2018, the Bloom Grants have awarded $ 265,000 to 89 small businesses and nonprofits, of which over 53% were owned by people of color and over 62% were owned or run by women.
More details on the Downtown Bloom grant and the application process can be found here.