Building a Brighter Future Small Business Grant Program

Grant Documents

APPLY HERE will not be "live" until October 1, 2021 at the start of the program. Please download the above Grant Documents to get started on planning your project application.

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The Town of Mount Airy developed the Small Business Grant Program to attract new and diverse establishments to Mount Airy as well as to support and promote existing small businesses through financial assistance. The Program will provide economic stimulus to small businesses, while simultaneously attracting diverse establishments to the Town of Mount Airy. 

Grants will be awarded in an amount up to 50% of the total project cost with a cap of $10,000 awarded per applicant. This is a reimbursement grant; therefore, each applicant must pay all costs up front.  The program will have $25,000 in total funds available. If 80% of the program funds are used, a budget amendment request for an additional $25,000 will come before the Town Council.

The Building a Brighter Future Small Business Grant Program is for incoming or existing businesses. These are businesses that are operating out of a commercial space within the Town of Mount Airy municipal limits. 

You can download a copy of the Grant Program Guidelines and Application, Criterion, and Project Impact Form. Applications will be accepted either in print or online. 

The Town will begin accepting applications on Friday, October 1, 2021.  Applications will be collected for an entire month and checked for completeness. Staff will work with the applicant to get a complete package, as necessary, then a review will be performed by the Community Development Department on the final business day of each month until all program funds are expended or June 30, 2022 when the funds will expire. 

Example of Deadline:

Applications Accepted October 1 - 28 at 5:00 p.m. Staff will begin a review on Friday, October 29, and follow up with any questions. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the end of this month. Applications turned in on October 29 will be considered for the next month. 

Applications Accepted October 29 - November 29 at 5:00 p.m. Staff will begin a review on Tuesday, November 30. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the end of this month. Applications turned in on November 30 will be considered for the next month. 

If you have any questions, please contact Staff. 

  1. Melissa Thorn

    Director of Community Development, Economic Development, and Main Street Manager
    Phone: 301-829-1424