Downtown Enhancement Grants

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is now accepting applications for its semiannual program for business and downtown enhancement. The Downtown Enhancement Grant application is available for a June 28 deadline.

The Downtown Enhancement Grant program seeks to support existing downtown businesses through a $2,000 semiannual grant to further enhance the downtown aesthetic and overall quality of goods, services, and the downtown experience. The grant is available to any DECI-member business in an area of Downtown Eau Claire that has been in operation for 2 years or more. The $2,000 semiannual grant is available through 2027. This program was made possible by the sponsorships of many long-time Downtown partner businesses and families. They include:

  • Kerry Kincaid
  • Jamf
  • Kristen and Donn Dexter
  • JB Systems
  • Jill and Tom Barland
  • Royal Credit Union
  • Lissa and Tom Siedow
  • Ruder Ware
  • B~Framed Galleries
  • U.S. Bank
  • Charter Bank

SCHEDULE

The application for the second 2020 grant cycle of the Downtown Enhancement Grant program is open. Applications are due Sunday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. and will be reviewed the following week. 

Grant Overview

Create a Downtown Enhancement Plan that includes a business description, description of enhancement project as it relates to the investment areas listed below, sources/uses or project budget including how grant funds will be spent and other potential sources of capital for the enhancement project, and an implementation plan/schedule including how business owners will report to DECI Board on the use of the grant.

Investment Areas:
  • Creative Business Enhancement

    Whether it’s putting on an addition to a retail space, commissioning a new product or service, or further enhancing another area of the business, we want to see owners push the envelope by updating their space or creating a one-of-a-kind experience for customers. Be creative!

    Example: A yoga studio would like to expand its space to offer child care for customers and more classes.

  • Provides Community with Cultural Enrichment

    In a larger city, the opportunities on a night out are endless. We want to encourage businesses to create one-of-a-kind events or experiences that are engaging. This could include support for a unique offering or a chef who receives training abroad to enrich the quality of product sold here at home. Applications for one-time events must articulate how the broader community will be enriched by this opportunity.

    Example: Sending a chef to Italy to study – enriches our dining scene and drives demand for quality at other area restaurants.

  • Advances the Mission/Vision/Strategic Goals of Downtown Eau Claire

    Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is a non-profit business organization dedicated to promoting the development of business, housing, cultural resources, and activities within downtown Eau Claire. This is a broad investment area that will change depending on our current strategic goals, attached here.

    Example: A downtown business wants to expand by providing greater food options or a business wants to create more wayfinding signs to assist customers in parking.

Application

>> Submit the application online
>> Print/fillable application can be found here

Fill out the application and email the materials to downtown@eauclairewi.gov

Contact

Business owners looking to apply or who have questions can contact Aaron White by phone at (715) 839-4914 or by email at aaron.white@eauclairewi.gov.