22 Communities Named 2022 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Recipients

The Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant (VSBDRG) fund seeks to advance and accelerate the post-pandemic recovery of Virginia’s business and commercial districts. Specifically, these funs will support historically economically disadvantaged communities and other business districts that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Through expanding organizational and business support grants, funding is envisioned to provides a more inclusive framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization and vitality.

The following communities were named 2022 VSBDRG recipients:

City of Bristol

  • Made in Bristol: Small-Scale Manufacturing for State Street | $150,000

City of Danville / River District Association

  • North Main Hill Neighborhood Business District Revitalization Program | $150,000

North Hill Development Corporation / City of Charlottesville

  • Black Entrepreneurial Advancement and Community Opportunity Network Incubator Project | $150,000

Real Chances, Inc. / City of Richmond

  • Chamberbrook Arts and Business District Master Plan Activation | $150,000

Williamson Road Area Business Association / City and County of Roanoke and City of Salem

  • Entrepreneurial Support Hub for Businesses on Williamson Road Corridor | $150,000

Waynesboro Economic Development / City of Waynesboro

  • Waynesboro Renaissance | $116,000

Economic Development Authority of the City of Hampton / City of Hampton

  • 757 Makerspace – Peninsula Expansion | $100,000

City of Harrisonburg and County of Rockingham

  • B-Cubed Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Expansion | $100,000

Partnership Development Foundation / City of Portsmouth

  • Expansion of Bloom Co-Working Space and Incubator | $100,000

Venture Richmond / City of Richmond

  • Filling Street Level Vacancies in Arts and Culture District | $100,000

Metropolitan Business League / City of Richmond and County of Henrico

  • We Care Recovery and Small Business Resiliency | $100,000

Inner Peace Coalition, Inc. / City of Williamsburg and County of James City

  • Childcare Business Support in the Historic Triangle | $100,000

Hopewell Downtown Partnership / City of Hopewell

  • Small Scale Developer Education and Activation | $95,000

IDA of Brunswick / County of Brunswick

  • Lawrenceville Merchants Assistance Program | $88,000

Newport News Economic Development Authority / City of Newport News

  • Southeast Commercial District Business Assistance | $86,000

Downtown Lynchburg Association / City of Lynchburg

  • Strategic Plan for Inclusion of Fifth Street Corridor in Downtown Lynchburg Association Service Area | $64,000

City of Newport News

  • Southeast Community Commercial District Strategic Action Plan | $50,000

Black Brand / City of Portsmouth

  • B-Force Accelerator | $50,000

City of Roanoke

  • Gainesboro Neighborhood Business Assistance Program | $50,000

South Hill Chamber of Commerce / Town of South Hill

  • Welcome Back to Business | $50,000

Town of South Hill

  • Commercial Real Estate Rehabilitation Incentive Enhancements | $50,000

BizWorks / County of Chesterfield

  • Start Smart Education for Early Stage Low and Moderator Income Entrepreneurs | $10,000

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