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
- 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
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.
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.
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.