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Lease Subsidy Grant
Purpose
To encourage relocation of businesses to targeted areas with the city's redevelopment areas and to increase occupancy rates of commercial buildings.

Eligibility
Any existing or targeted new business with the following targeted areas:
  • Main Street Redevelopment Area: E-Zone
  • Downtown Redevelopment Area: Beach Street Shopping District
  • Midtown: MMB & MLK corridor (neighborhood retail and restaurants)

Project funding

Eligible projects may receive awards of up to one year rent for a minimum two-year lease with no single rent exceeding $6,000.

Limitations
Rental subsidies may be approved for one-third of the business' monthly rent, up to a maximum of $500 per month. Subsidy payments will be paid in monthly installments for a maximum of 12 consecutive months during the first 18 months of a business' operation. The total subsidy amount will not exceed $6,000 per business. Properties with multiple tenant space may apply for funding based on individual tenant spaces. There is a two-year limit between tenants. An individual business may receive the funding one time.

Additional information about the Lease Subsidy Grant program