Local business owners Jacqueline and Dwight Pollock earn grant to improve business property

Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the award of a Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program to Jacqueline and Dwight Pollock of Ahead of Time Hair Salon in Jasper. The grant program seeks to improve the visual appearance of and support businesses in Hamilton County.

“Our longstanding businesses are vital to the fabric of our community and with each grant awarded we are making Hamilton County a more unique and vibrant place to live and work,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA. “The grants allow the HCDA and businesses come together to revitalize our county one business at-a-time.”

The Pollocks used the $1,000 grant award to upgrade the salon’s exterior by replacing existing wood siding with engineered board siding and paint. The renovations totaled more than $2,000.

“A good appearance in the backbone of our business,” said Jacqueline Pollock. “Just like we want each of our customers to feel great about how they look, we wanted our business to look just as good. We are so thankful for the grant award and the ability we have to help Hamilton County put its best face forward.”

The micro-grant program provides matching funds to renovate and improve the visual impact of the properties in the county. This grant is available to all retail, commercial and industrial property owners.

The board of the HCDA authorized a budget of $25,000 for the initial pilot program with eligible businesses able to receive up to $1,000 in matching funds. The funds can be used for improvements such as beautification purposes for such things as exterior painting, new awnings, sign improvements, planting shrubs, flowers, trees, etc. This is the second grant award of the program to date. Applications are being accepted through September 30, 2017.

Ultimately, the goal of the micro-grants is to help stimulate redevelopment and increase property values while providing safe and attractive environments for workers, businesses and the public overall.

Facts about the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program:

  • Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are encumbered.
  • Up to $1,000 is available to any Hamilton County business as a dollar-for-dollar match. Businesses can apply for any amount up to, and including, $1,000.
  • The funds can be used for any exterior beautification including plants, trees, shrubs, exterior paint, exterior doors/windows, awnings, etc.
  • Once the application is approved, businesses have 90 days to complete the project. Grant awards will be distributed after documentation of project completion is provided including before and after photos.
  • If the business leases their property, the property owner must give written approval for the upgrades.