'Reopening and Recovery Grant Program' providing grants to local businesses affected by COVID-19

Posted at 5:08 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 17:08:48-04

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

List of Recipients
Corta Lima
Postmasters Pub
VisitLex Visitor's Center
Sugar Belle's
Old Vine Bistro
Mind Over Body Studio
Worlds Apart
Stellas Diner
Gus's World Famous Chicken
Belle's Cocktail House
Main St Deli/Gourmet Deli
Savane Silver
Crossings Lexington
Buddha Lounge
The Roxy
Jimmy Johns
Oscar Diggs
Henry Clay Public House
School Sushi
Ole Hookers
High on Art and Coffee
Bourbon on Rye