City of Louisville Matching Grant Program

UPDATE 12/15/20: City Council authorized an additional $50,000 in grant program funding. Their action also authorized the program continue through January 31, 2021. All other program requirements and eligibility remain the same.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant adverse economic impacts on the Louisville business community. Recovery & Improvement is a matching grant program focused on assisting businesses that have suffered economic injury to stabilize and improve operations.

The City Council has authorized $150,000 of funding to be directed to the Recovery & Improvement Program. The program is anticipated to run through December 31, 2020, but may end earlier if program funds have been spent. Eligible businesses seek 50% matching funds for projects that meet the Program Criteria, with a maximum matching grant of $10,000. Each eligible business may only receive one funded project under this program. Only projects or items that are purchased on or after September 3 are eligible. Program Eligibility and Program Criteria are outlined below.

Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Staff will review and approve applications until all funding has been allocated. To process applications efficiently, it is important for applicants to supply complete information. All applicants who are approved for funding will need to sign an agreement with the City—pledging to pay the remaining 50% of the project cost, and to submit documentation showing paid expenses at project completion. A copy of the template agreement is available on the City's website.

Submitting an application is not a guarantee of a project award, and the City may terminate the Recovery & Improvement Program at any time, for any reason. Prior to submitting an application, you should also ensure you have permission from your landlord if you propose to make any physical changes to your business space. A program application also does not substitute for permit approvals that may be required. You should consult with the Planning and Building Safety Department if you believe your project may require a permit: 303-335-4584 and building@louisvilleco.gov.

Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed.

Questions? Please contact Economic Vitality Director Megan Pierce at 303-335-4531 or mpierce@louisvilleco.gov

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