Property owners in downtown Gainesboro’s historic district will have the opportunity to beautify their façades.
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Director Hope Vargas said that the subgrant program can fund new awnings, doors, or windows, among other things.
“We are a historical district so anything that’s going to play into that history,” Vargas said. “And anything that really will just make it look nice while still holding onto that historic element, I think that’s what we’re really going for here.”
Vargas said that the county received a grant for economic and community development last year. She said that this money for this subgrant comes from the remaining balance of about $23,000.
“This specific grant includes up to 75 percent of the project cost reimbursed to the business owner, that’s really huge in the grant world,” Vargas said. “So for example, if your project cost is $10,000 total, you can spend $2,500 while getting $10,000 of improvement. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t say that’s worth the investment.”
Vargas said that there is a cap on the project cost, which cannot exceed $30,000.
Vargas said that she believes the chances for grant application approval are high. She said that those interested in applying can reach out to her, UCDD representative Matt Billings, or pick up an application at city hall.