The One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc. and Longview Main Street are pleased to announce a new micro-grant opportunity for businesses and buildings located within the designated 100 Acres program area. The Downtown Artistic Revitalization and Exterior (DARE) Improvement grant program is designed to help businesses, property owners and interested stakeholders in improving the overall look and appearance of their property.
Funded entirely through the fundraising efforts of One Hundred Acres of Heritage, the grant program will provide matching grants of up 50% of the total project cost to projects that enhance the overall appearance of the buildings in Downtown Longview. Potential projects could include, but are not limited to, murals, exterior painting, awnings, improved lighting, signage and more. The goal of the grant program is to help spur aesthetic improvements and artistic additions within the downtown district that will have immediate impact. It is also designed to complement the current façade grant program that is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
“While both the DARE grant program and the Façade grant program are available for exterior improvements, we wanted to develop a program that was friendlier towards smaller projects,” said Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator. “Because the Façade program is funded through CDBG funds, there are more steps that an interested party needs to take to secure grant funds. That time investment makes sense for larger scale projects, but for one that is smaller in scale and price, it may not be worth the hassle of waiting for approval. We wanted to develop a program to encourage improvements to buildings and businesses that can have an immediate impact.”
The One Hundred Acres of Heritage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)not for profit organization that works with the City of Longview’s Main Street program to promote growth and vibrancy in Downtown Longview. For more information about this program or other happenings in Downtown Longview, please contact Melida Heien, Main Street Coordinator at 903-331-1469 or by email.