LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A new program is helping businesses in downtown Lexington get back on their feet as COVID-19 impacts their day-to-day operations.
The "Reopening and Recovery Grant Program" was created in June by the Downtown Lexington Management District (DLMD) and Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) to help out dozens of local businesses.
To date, grants totaling nearly $80,000 have been approved for 34 businesses. The money is being used to fund interior and exterior improvements to accommodate customers, replace inventory, expand outdoor seating, purchase PPE materials, clean and disinfect costs, and rent and staffing expenses. The grant offers a 75% match, up to $3,000, towards those costs.
The DLMD Board of Directors recently approved an additional $90,000 to support businesses within the Downtown Management District.
DLP and DLMD are partnering with Kinetic by Windstream to expand offerings to grant recipients.
Kinetic by Windstream is providing a matching technology grant to Reopening & Recovery Grant recipients with the following:
- Free technology audit (in-person or virtual) to set up businesses for success
- Free solutions roadmap to connect businesses with the best technology for their business
- Up to $1,500 free services over the term of the contract
Businesses interested in applying for the grant should contact Ethan Howard, DLP's Director of Placemaking and Economic Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Recipients
VisitLex Visitor's Center
Old Vine Bistro
Mind Over Body Studio
Gus's World Famous Chicken
Belle's Cocktail House
Main St Deli/Gourmet Deli
Henry Clay Public House
High on Art and Coffee
Bourbon on Rye