Downtown Washington among Duke Energy grant recipients – Washington Daily News

CHARLOTTE – The Duke Energy Foundation today distributed $ 750,000 in grants to help local businesses across North Carolina – from restaurants to retailers – adapt to unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic.

The total represents a 50% increase from the $ 500,000 funding announced in April due to the size and quality of funding requests. As a result, the Hometown Revitalization Grant program will now support 30 communities statewide rather than the 20 originally planned at the start of the program.

“After our success in supporting the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, which was the model for this program, we knew that a series of targeted grants could do wonders in helping North Carolina businesses and storefronts recover,” he said. said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “We were blown away by the number and quality of nominations, so we decided to increase the foundation’s engagement and help even more communities. from downtown to bounce.

Downtown Washington on the Waterfront is one of the recipients. Each community received $ 25,000 through a partnership with these local nonprofits administering 501 (c) (3). The administering entity will establish a small business support micro-grant program to deploy the funding within their local community. Micro grants can range from $ 500 to $ 2,500 per sole proprietorship.

“Washington’s small businesses are the backbone of our community,” said Washington Harbor District Alliance executive director Meg Howdy. “They have faced recent challenges with grace, and it will be wonderful to help them recover from the effects of the COVID pandemic and hopefully grow and grow their businesses for the future. Our small businesses have always supported the community and we are delighted to return the favor with micro-grants just for them.

The Hometown Revitalization Grants Program was inspired by a successful collaboration between the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Duke Energy that provided nearly 100 grants to downtown Raleigh storefronts. The grants have enabled establishments to create opportunities to sit and serve outdoors, develop e-commerce websites, repair window facings, and improve health and safety features.

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