LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Downtown Lexington Management District and Downtown Lexington Partnership created a Reopening and Recovery Grant program in June to support downtown businesses trying to reopen while adhering to new operating guidelines.
To date, DLMD reports grants totaling nearly $80,000 have been approved for 34 businesses to fund: interior and exterior improvements to accommodate customers, replacement of inventory, expansion of outdoor seating, the purchase of PPE materials, cleaning and disinfecting costs, and expenses related to rent and staffing.
“DLMD is proud to continue supporting downtown businesses by funding this grant program. Our street-level restaurants and retailers are critical to the vitality of downtown, and the flexibility of this program directly addresses business needs as they navigate through the challenges these challenging times,” said James Frazier chairman of the DLMD Board of Directors.
The DLMD Board of Directors recently approved another $90,000 for the program.
The Reopening and Recovery Grant program street-level retail, restaurant and bar businesses with a matching grant to assist in offsetting costs related to the impact of COVID-19.
Businesses dealing with shutdowns and closures may face additional expenses to reopen safely. Eligible costs include: interior and exterior improvements to accommodate customers, replacement of inventory, expansion of outdoor seating, the purchase of PPE materials, cleaning and disinfecting costs, and expenses related to rent and staffing.
The grant offers a 75% match, up to $3,000, towards those costs.
DLMD and DLP have also announced a partnership with Kinetic by Windstream, in order to expand offerings to grant recipients.
Kinetic by Windstream is providing a matching technology grant to interested Reopening and Recovery Grant recipients with a free technology audit, free solutions roadmap to connect businesses with the best technology and up to $1,500 free services over the terms of the contract.
“At Windstream we celebrate local businesses, nonprofits and entertainment destinations that make Lexington a great place to live,” said Brian Harman, president of Windstream in Kentucky. “We hope that this matching grant will help downtown businesses reopen and stay open during this challenging time.”
Businesses interested in applying for the grant should email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about the grant HERE.