Business Grants Available for Delray Beach Businesses
Monthly workshops announced through March 2016
DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has announced a schedule of monthly pre-application workshops for business grant and incentive programs through March 2016. The next workshop will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 3p.m. at the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street, located on the ground floor of the Old School Square parking garage.
The workshops are designed to help business owners identify potential CRA funding opportunities and better understand the application and approval process. Some programs offer partial reimbursements for exterior improvement projects. Others offer rent assistance for new businesses, or incentives for the creation of high paying jobs.
Recent updates to several programs will also be discussed, including a change in the funding eligibility area. With the exception of art galleries and studios, funding is generally targeted to businesses outside of the downtown core and beach area of the CRA District.
Before applying for a grant, business owners must first attend a pre-application workshop, to receive an overview of the programs available, eligibility criteria, and application requirements. Attendees also receive a list of other local resources to help them connect with service providers, business organizations and city departments.
To ensure proper meeting accommodations, advance registration is required. For more information or to register for the December 14 workshop, call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640 or email Elizabeth Burrows at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also open for future grants workshops, scheduled for 3 p.m. on January 11, February 8, and March 14, 2016.
CRA grant and incentive programs are administered by the Delray Beach Office of Economic Development (OED), a joint office of the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach CRA. Other services include site selection and relocation assistance; connections to community resources; small business and entrepreneurial support; workforce development; and project management. OED’s mission is to “drive and inspire the growth of a diverse, vibrant, entrepreneurial economy for all.”