The new storefront improvement program is designed to revitalize our citys building facades and attract more customers to small businesses across Providence.
Providence is known for its diverse, historic neighborhoods, which are anchored by small businesses. The storefront improvement program is designed to attract customers to existing businesses, revitalize local business districts, and enhance the beauty and safety of Providences neighborhoods.
Participating businesses are eligible to receive reimbursements for 50-percent of eligible storefront costs, up to $10,000. The citys Department of Economic Development will assist small businesses that wish to make changes to their exterior storefronts, including awnings, signage, windows, doors, permanent landscaping, and fa?ade improvements. The program is open to small businesses with 18 or fewer full-time employees.
To be eligible for the program, a business must meet at least one of the following criteria:
" Business serves a predominantly low/moderate income population
" Business will be able to create a job for a low/moderate income individual
" Business will be removing neighborhood blight as part of the project
The program is funded with $250,000 from the Providence Economic Development Partnership, and applications will be accepted, reviewed and approved on a rolling basis, based on the availability of funding.
The storefront improvement program is an opportunity to make a direct impact on the economic well-being of our small businesses, while improving the quality of life in Providences neighborhoods.
For more information, please visit www.providenceri.com/storefront.
The storefront improvement program is another step in my efforts to grow Providences economy. To learn more about these efforts, please visit www.providenceri.com/ putting-providence-back-to-work.