DLMD and DLP Award Reopening and Recovery Grants and New Windstream PartnershipThe Downtown Lexington Management District (DLMD) and Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) created a Reopening and Recovery Grant Program in June to support downtown businesses who were trying to reopen while adhering to new operating guidelines. To date, grants totaling nearly $80,000 have been approved for 34 businesses to fund interior and exterior improvements to accommodate customers, replacement of inventory, expansion of outdoor seating, the purchase of PPE materials, cleaning and disinfecting costs, and expenses related to rent and staffing. The DLMD Board of Directors recently approved an additional $90,000 for the program. This additional funding will help support businesses within the Downtown Management District as they navigate these challenging times.
“DLMD is proud to continue supporting downtown businesses by funding this grant program. Our street-level restaurants and retailers are critical to the vitality of downtown, and the flexibility of this program directly addresses business needs as they navigate through the challenges of the pandemic,” said James Frazier, Chairman of the Downtown Lexington Management District Board of Directors.
The Reopening and Recovery Grant Program provides downtown street-level retail, restaurant, and bar businesses with a matching grant to assist in offsetting costs related to the impact of COVID-19. Businesses dealing with shutdowns and closures face many additional expenses to reopen safely. Eligible costs include interior and exterior improvements to accommodate customers, replacement of inventory, expansion of outdoor seating, the purchase of PPE materials, cleaning and disinfecting costs, and expenses related to rent and staffing. The grant offers a 75% match, up to $3,000, towards those costs.
“Among the many challenges created by COVID-19 and the shutdowns are reopening with new costs, such as protective equipment, expanding outdoor seating, and the replacement of lost inventory. The Reopening and Recovery Grant program has helped address these issues and get doors back open,” said Aimee Lanza, owner of Centro.
Additionally, DLP and DLMD are proud to partner with Kinetic by Windstream in order to expand offerings to grant recipients. Businesses are being faced with many challenges in today’s environment. We recognize that technology plays an important role in helping small businesses connect with customers and operate business as usual. For that reason, Kinetic by Windstream is providing a matching technology grant to Reopening & Recovery Grant recipients. As part of the matching technology grant, Kinetic by Windstream will provide interested grant recipients with the following:
- Free technology audit (in-person or virtual) to set up businesses for success
- Free solutions roadmap to connect businesses with the best technology for their business
- Up to $1,500.00 free services over the term of the contract
Businesses interested in applying for the grant should contact Ethan Howard, DLP’s Director of Placemaking and Economic Development at [email protected].
List of Recipients
VisitLex Visitor's Center
Old Vine Bistro
Mind Over Body Studio
Gus's World Famous Chicken
Belle's Cocktail House
Main St Deli/Gourmet Deli
Henry Clay Public House
High on Art and Coffee
Bourbon on Rye
About DLP and DLMD
The Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) is the non-profit umbrella Downtown organization formed in 2017 to provide a single point of contact and accountability and a coordinated approach to Downtown revitalization and management. DLP encourages responsible economic development, produces events, addresses issues on behalf of stakeholders and promotes downtown Lexington. DLP has over 350 members and produced more than 60 events for the public in 2018 including Central Bank Thursday Night Live, Mayfest Arts Fair, Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival, and more. DLP manages the programs and service of the Downtown Lexington Management District (DLMD) on behalf of its board of directors.
Downtown Lexington Management District (DLMD) is a property-assessed business improvement district created in 2015 to enhance and manage downtown’s physical environment and to foster economic development and Downtown revitalization by:
- Providing enhanced cleaning services to create a foundation for business development.
- Providing enhanced safety resources to address worker, visitor and resident safety.
- Supporting public art initiatives.
- Allocating resources for economic development programs that support property owners/businesses and for marketing Downtown to developers and business prospects.