The City of South Bend announced the launch of the Vibrant Places Matching Grant Program to assist businesses in activating their facades and outdoor spaces to increase vibrancy throughout the city. The program also provides incentives for South Bend businesses to invest in sustainable, energy-efficient, low-carbon improvements, and climate change mitigation.
The Vibrant Places Matching Grant Program is an economic recovery program, funded in part by the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Businesses in the nine Neighborhood Corridors will be eligible for a matching grant of up to $80,000, and businesses elsewhere will receive up to $30,000. Additional incentives will also be provided by the City for businesses to use environmentally friendly materials, with up to 20 percent more. Additionally, this grant provides a business with up to $30,000 towards solar panel installation.
The grant program is expected to generate approximately $1 million in investment throughout South Bend, with improvements such as storefront enhancements, upgraded signage and lighting, and sidewalk activations. The program further demonstrates the City of South Bend’s commitment to promoting commonsense measures to improve our community by support small businesses and providing sustainability and solar incentives.
Applications will officially open on January 5, 2023. For additional information on the Vibrant Places Matching Grant Program guidelines, visit https://southbendin.gov/vibrantplaces/.
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