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EDA approves $76,500 in grants
Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Authority approved $76,500 in 13 separate grants to city businesses and property owners at a Monday meeting.
Most of the grants were part of the EDA’s façade improvement and JumpStart! programs. Oct. 1 is the next application deadline for the façade improvement program, which aims to spruce up downtown. July 1 is the next JumpStart! deadline.
Grants are paid after the work is done. EDA funds come from fees charged to private borrowers that issue tax-exempt bonds through the organization. The EDA does not receive money from the city budget.
Here are the businesses and properties that received grants Monday:
- Ed Whelan for Inn at the Olde Silk Mill; 1700 Caroline St.; Exterior lighting, signage, landscaping and brick and gutter repairs at special event venue; $35,500
- Blake & Aby Bethem; 314 William St.; Complete façade renovation for new restaurant; $10,000
- Christian and Raymond Renault for La Petite Auberge; 311 William St.; Complete façade renovation of first floor; $10,000
- Jason Cohen for ILM Corp.; 600 Lafayette Blvd.; Façade renovation, part of complete building renovation for new office; $5,000
- Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center; 1001 Princess Anne St.; American Music Concert Series, May 1-Sept. 30 (eight concerts); $5,000
- Via Colori Fredericksburg; 706 Caroline St.; Sept. 22-23 event; $3,000
- American Canoe Association; 106 & 108 Hanover St.; Painting, mural and signage; $2,000
- James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library; 908 Charles St.; 23rd Annual Welsh Festival on Sept. 22; $2,000
- Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center; 1001 Princess Anne St.; “Cash in the Attic” April 28 event downtown; $1,500
- Fredericksburg Area Builders Association; 3006 Lafayette Blvd.; New website, matching grant with Stafford and Spotsylvania counties’ EDAs; $1,000
- James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library; 908 Charles St.; James and Elizabeth Monroe birthday party events April 28 and June 9; $1,000
- William Colligan; 1002 Caroline St.; Repainting of first floor building façade; $500
In addition, the EDA also received a report Monday on the first businesses to receive matching grants as part of a new partnership with Vectec to improve the websites of city businesses.
The grant recipients were Advantage Business Advisors ($2,500), Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg ($500) and Radley Cadillac ($2,500). Applications are pending from Virginia Wine Experience, Reid Engineering and Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region.