Rock Springs Main Street/URA approves $7,420 in grants for downtown businesses

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ROCK SPRINGS – At their meeting on May 28, 2015, the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA) approved just under $7,500 in grants to downtown businesses for building improvements. The Rock Springs Main Street/URA has several programs available to assist merchants in the downtown area including a façade improvement grant program and a façade painting grant program.

Successful projects approved at the meeting included:
• Actor’s Mission – Façade Improvement and Paint Grant
• Euclid Street Apartments (615 Euclid) – Façade Improvement Grant
• Family Vision Center (544 Broadway) – Paint Grant
• Roosevelt Learning Center (440 Dewar Drive) – Paint Grant
• SweetwaterNOW (147 K Street) – Façade Improvement Grant

The Façade Improvement Grant entitles the applicant up to $5,000.00 reimbursement towards the total cost of a façade improvement project. This is a matched grant and requires the applicant to pay for 50% of the total cost, while the grant pays for the remaining 50%, not to exceed $5,000.00. The Façade Improvement Grant pertains to exterior improvements only and may be applied to a front, side, or rear facade provided it faces a public street or parking area.

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The Facade Painting Grant entitles the applicant up to $1,000.00 reimbursement per building. The Painting Grant can be used independently or in addition to the Façade Improvement Grant. The Painting Grant is available for up to 100% of the total cost of paint, not to exceed $1,000.00.

Funds raised at various events hosted by the Rock Springs Main Street/URA are earmarked for downtown improvements and revitalization efforts, including business grants. The Rock Springs Main Street/URA is charged with the redevelopment of Downtown Rock Springs.

As part of their mission, there are four standing committees – Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions and Design. Further details about the Rock Springs Main Street/URA can be found at their website (DowntownRS.com) or by contacting them at 307-352-1434.