The Downtown Development Authority has awarded 15 emergency grants to local businesses to support them during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a separate authority of the City of Milledgeville whose mission is to inspire public and private investment into the revitalization, preservation and promotion of the downtown business district to strengthen the economic base of Milledgeville-Baldwin County. The goal of the DDA Emergency Grant was to support the viability of Milledgeville’s most affected downtown small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis. The program was created to provide quick and immediate assistance to the downtown Milledgeville business community during a time of national economic emergency.
The original allocation of funds for the grant was $2,000, but as applications came in, it became clear there was more need than originally expected. The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors added $5,163.32 to the fund. After review, they approved all of the grant applications received. Grants were given to 15 businesses that received between $400 and $500 each, depending on application request. The Downtown Development Authority agreed that meeting all the requested needs was important and worthy investment for the sustainability of these businesses and downtown as a whole.
“This grant was a way for us to help these businesses in a trying time and we hope it takes a little burden off of them,” said DDA board member Justin Jones.
At this time, no more applications are being accepted. It is the hope of the Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors that this grant to the 15 businesses will help them moving forward and as always wish to ask the public to continue to support or small business owners by shopping small.