Local business owner Woody Woodward earns grant to improve business property

Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the first presentation of the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program aimed at improving the visual appearance of businesses in Hamilton County. The grant was awarded to Woody Woodward, owner of White Springs Self Storage.

Woodward used the $1,000 grant to add lights to his business sign, awnings to the side of his building and upgrade the parking lot. The total renovations to the exterior of the business totaled over $2,000.

“Hamilton County Development Authority was excited to award the first Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant to White Springs Self Storage owner Woody Woodward. Because of this grant, his business was able to improve the exterior of the property, helping achieve our objective of making Hamilton County even more economically vibrant and aesthetically appealing,” said Susan Ramsey, Executive Director of the HCDA.

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 program has been extended until September 30, 2017.

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. Applications will now be 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:

  • The application period has been extended through September 30 with grants 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.