18 Community Development Projects Receive Funding Across Virginia

Downtown Lynchburg, VA

Recently, Governor Ralph Northam announced that 18 communities throughout Virginia will receive funding to support local COVID-19 economic recovery efforts and downtown revitalization. Administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), these Virginia Main Street (VMS) grants, totaling $278,000, will help re-energize the development of downtown communities across the Commonwealth through innovative initiatives, design projects, strategic plans and/or programs and more

“Downtown districts are the lifeblood of our communities and our local economies, and they need our support now more than ever. Main Street communities across the Commonwealth have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and these grants will provide critical assistance to help small businesses stay afloat and advance Virginia economy.” – Governor Ralph Northam

Nine designated VMS localities and/or organizations will be awarded Downtown Investment Grants (DIG) that are geared toward supporting design and economic vitality projects within historic downtowns or commercial districts:

“In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $413 million in private investment across Virginia.” – Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Brian Ball

Nine Commercial District Affiliate (CDA) localities and/or organizations will be awarded CDA grants that are geared toward projects that reflect the community’s desire and energy to improve their historic downtown or commercial district:

In the coming months, we greatly look forward to witnessing these projects, ranging from advertising campaigns to low-interest loan programs, unfold and help Virginia communities and small businesses thrive!