City to Seek Block Grant



ELLSWORTH — The city of Ellsworth is considering applying for a 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Community Enterprise Grant for the purpose of recapitalizing the Ellsworth Facade Improvements Grant Program and adding a micro-loan component to the program.

 

The program focuses on businesses located or interested in locating in the Ellsworth urban core.

Businesses in the downtown area may receive priority status. Businesses potentially interested in benefiting from these funds are strongly encouraged to fill out a needs assessment form as soon as possible. This form can be obtained by calling the City of Ellsworth Planning Office, 669-6608, or the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, 667-5584.

Information submitted on the needs assessment form will be used by the city to structure the program requirements, as well as provide the city a competitive edge in its application to the Maine Department Economic and Community Development. Previous grantees are encouraged to apply, as they may be eligible for more money.

The Ellsworth Façade Improvements Program began in 2004 as a joint initiative of the Planning and Finance Departments designed to enhance the physical appearance of storefronts and other commercial properties and improve the vitality of the urban core.

The program was funded through a Community Development Block Grant and matching funds from businesses.

The Facade Program continues as funds are returned to the program following the sale of properties. Since 2004, twenty Ellsworth businesses have been selected to receive funding.

Questions may be directed to Ellsworth Planning Office, 669-6608, or to the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce at 667-5584.

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