Entertainment District Marketing Grant Program
The City of St. Cloud has announced its re-opening its COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program for downtown businesses in the entertainment district. This grant program is authorized under the COVID-19 Economic Recovery & Stimulus Program, adopted May 14, 2020, via Resolution No. 2020- 082R, as part of the city's strategic plan to create economic development within the City of St. Cloud, Florida to assist businesses with recovery, continuity and longevity during and post-COVID-19. The grant provides financial assistance up to $1,000 per business to downtown businesses during post-COVID recovery for the purposes of marketing assistance. Home-based businesses are not eligible for this program. Receipts of these funds (or previous grant funding) will not disqualify applicant from this program (or future funding). Use funds for expenses associated with marketing and promoting business including but not limited to flyers, creation of website, pay-per-clicks, etc.
For the purposes of this grant, downtown businesses are defined as businesses located in the entertainment district, which is defined and illustrated below.
o North: 9th Street
o East: Florida Avenue
o South: 13th Street
o West: Massachusetts Avenue
Click on the link below to access the application, and for more complete information about the program, contact St. Cloud’s Economic Development Office, at 407-957-7234. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are currently being accepted until funds are no longer available or September 15th (whichever occurs sooner).
Paint, Plant, and Pave Grant Program
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This grant is only available to residential properties within the City of St. Cloud, FL's Downtown CRA. Please click HERE Version OptionsGrant ProgramsHeadlinePaint, Plant, and Pave Grant Program to see if your address qualifies.
The Paint, Plant, and Pave program was created to immediately enhance the aesthetics of single-family and multi-family 2-unit properties within the residential neighborhoods of the St. Cloud CRA Downtown area. This program is created to provide curb appeal to single-family and multi-family 2-unit properties in disrepair in residential neighborhoods of the St. Cloud CRA Downtown area. The proposed improvements may include pressure cleaning, painting, minor facade repairs, landscaping, awnings, sidewalks, driveways and/or parking lot sealing, irrigation systems, fence repair or removal, and minor interior repairs affected by exterior improvements. The CRA will assist up to $ 2,000 per property for exterior improvements. Applications must be reviewed and approved prior to beginning work.
The CRA Special Event Grant is a reimbursement grant program designed to encourage events and entertainment programming in the City of St. Cloud that support education, community engagement, and economic opportunity. Downtown St. Cloud is gaining traction as a destination location for family-friendly entertainment. The re-construction of the downtown streetscape and the addition of new businesses are drawing more visitors than before. So, to encourage its continued growth and development, the program provides grant assistance to organizations, individuals, and businesses to incentivize successful events within the Downtown Entertainment District up to $1,000. Organizations, businesses, and or individuals are eligible to apply for grant assistance for events that draw 500 or more participants to downtown St. Cloud and meet special event requirements. Eligible activities range from music festivals and concerts to expos or other events. Funds can be used for events located in the Downtown Entertainment District and may include marketing, public safety, and equipment-related expenses.
Click on the link below to access the application, Completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com
Business Tax Receipt (BTR) Grant Program
The Business Tax Receipt (BTR) Grant Program encourages small business participation in special events and/or to locate, expand, or relocate into the CRA. The program is a one-time reimbursable grant, which enables eligible business owners to pay the local BTR taxes/fees assessed against the business. The program then reimburses those fees up to$100.00 directly to the applicant. The program provides funding via reimbursement for new and expanding businesses to assist in offsetting specific City and County Business Tax Receipt fees. For purposes of this grant, an expanding business is defined as a business that expands its operation and activities or performs several functions, to require an additional BTR.
Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to downtown/entertainment district pop-up vendor/business, a new business looking to startup, and businesses who may be looking to relocate into the CRA geographic boundaries. The program focuses on businesses and vendors that complement the CRA business industry mix.
Applicants must be able to obtain a City Business Tax Receipt (BTR). Any person pursuing trade or business works out of their home, or rents a dwelling for business purposes, within the city limits must obtain a BTR from both Osceola County and the City of St. Cloud, before conducting business.
The St. Cloud CRA administers and monitors the program to ensure all eligible businesses meet program expectations. The grant program is capped at $5,000 annually and/or until the program is canceled by the CRA Board of Directors. The grant program is a first-come, first-serve program.
Click on the link below to access the application, and for more complete information about the program, contact St. Cloud’s CRA, at 407-957-7235. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Building & Site Improvement Grant Program
The Building and Site Improvement Grant Program is available for façade improvements for buildings located within any of the three CRA Districts.
Eligible projects must be for façade improvements to a building or properties that are permanent or could be described as “beautification” projects that are visible (street-facing) portions of structure or site. The program can only refund up to 50% of the cost incurred per eligible project, upon proof of full payment. The Building and Site Improvement Grant Program is a matching grant program that funds 50% of eligible expenses.
Grant awards are based on building square footage and range from up to $10,000 to $65,000.
To request the Building and Site Improvement Grant application, and for more complete information about the program, contact St. Cloud’s CRA, at 407-957-7235.