Governor Ralph Northam recently announced that local business owners and community organizations will benefit from more than $4.4 million in grants for 33 investment projects across the commonwealth. These projects will create and support business development, economic recovery, and the redevelopment of industrial and commercial structures.
“This is about renovating old buildings, investing in neighborhoods, and launching new businesses,” said Governor Northam. “These projects will greatly benefit Virginia’s local economies and business owners.”
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development administers these important programs, as well as some American Rescue Plan funds.
The Industrial Revitalization Fund leverages local and private resources to redevelop deteriorated structures. This creates more long-term employment opportunities and supports infrastructure and economic revitalization.
Community Business Launch grants help prepare businesses for success. Entrepreneurs can receive training and help with developing business plans.
The Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant supports historically economically disadvantaged communities and business districts that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
“This funding will expand job growth, nurture entrepreneurial ecosystems, and provide support to communities most affected by the pandemic,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Supporting this funding means supporting the Commonwealth’s small businesses and an economic future that works for all Virginians.”
The following funds were granted to Peninsula-based businesses:
2022 Industrial Revitalization Fund Awardee:
2510 Jefferson Avenue | $250,000
City of Newport News
The city of Newport News will renovate a 1930-building into retail and office space. The Newport News Economic Development Authority acquired this property in June 2020. Since the acquisition, the city has created the Critical Community Improvements Plan, which outlines the plan for the 2510 Jefferson Avenue building. The project is expected to create and/or support 11 full-time positions.
2022 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant Awardees
757 Makerspace – Peninsula Expansion | $100,000
Economic Development Authority of the City of Hampton | City of Hampton
A spin-off of the successful 757 Makerspace in Norfolk, this project creates access to the same resources North of the James and expands access to these resources closer to innovators affiliated with NASA, Langley AFB, Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Hampton University, William & Mary, and all of their suppliers. This project will be executed in partnership with Hampton Public Schools’ vocational/technical programs, including BIPOC students and their families. Through the StartWheel online platform, they will promote entrepreneurial activities and early-stage startup businesses in the area.
Childcare Business Support in the Historic Triangle | $100,000
Inner Peace Coalition Inc. | City of Williamsburg and County of James City
Inner Peace Coalition Inc., in partnership with James City County Department of Social Services, will provide business support services to small, woman-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in the Historic Triangle area, with an emphasis on businesses providing childcare services. Inner Peace Coalition Inc. plans to conduct outreach, training, and ongoing mentorship to new and existing business owners. The organization will train at least 150 entrepreneurs and create at least two new businesses.
Southeast Commercial District Business Assistance | $86,000
Newport News Economic Development Authority | City of Newport News
The Newport News Economic Development Authority (NNEDA) will support existing small business growth and entrepreneurship in the southeast commercial district, a historically underserved and disadvantaged area of Newport News. In partnership with the Women’s Empowerment Development, NNEDA plans to offer hands-on technical and financial assistance to small businesses in the community as well as distributed commercial locations within the broader Southeast Community.
Southeast Community Commercial District Strategic Action Plan | $50,000
City of Newport News
Women’s Empowerment Development Inc., (WED), in partnership with the city of Newport News Economic Development Authority (NNEDA), will develop a strategic action plan for the Southeast Community in the historic Jefferson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue commercial districts. WED will conduct an assessment of potential gaps and opportunities to support the business ecosystem and to provide an inclusive framework for community-driven, comprehensive revitalization and vitality, entrepreneurship readiness, and start-up SWaM business support services.