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Grants for downtown businesses

The Farmville Downtown Partnership (FDP) announced Friday, April 24, that the organization had been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Revitalization Office for small business support relief and recovery.

According to the FDP’s website, the grant will be used to create the Farmville Downtown Economic Relief Program.

The program will provide $1,000 grants to business owners within the Main Street District.

The Virginia Department of Housing has stated these grants are to help Virginia Main Street designated community districts that have been facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant fund requests can be made for rent/mortgage, overhead costs, and/or for sales tax, meals tax, or lodging tax.

According to the FDP, grants will be given out with need, completeness of the application and innovation as the major determining factor.

The application will close Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m. To apply complete the application form that can be found on the FDP Facebook page @farmvilledowntown.

FDP anticipates that funds will be available in early May. They will work quickly to disperse funds.