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Downtown Raleigh Alliance Storefront Revitalization Grants


As an advocate for a strong and vibrant downtown Raleigh, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) offers this funding opportunity to help storefront businesses recover and adapt to a new environment.

The goal of this program is to revitalize downtown by helping businesses repair, rebuild and pivot toward opportunities that will sustain operations through the coming months and years.

While there are restrictions, detailed below, we encourage creative solutions that have the potential to strengthen each business’s likelihood of long-term success. Please note in your application if your plan may require some assistance with permitting or other ordinances/policies.

These grants may range from $500 up to $5,000 and are specifically intended to help businesses recover in any number of ways, including the following.

  • “Pivot” by adding enhanced service or commerce opportunities for the business to adjust to the effects of the current crises, such as modifying physical space, improving e-commerce site for online sales, or expanding capacity for delivering goods and services. See more details below in Program Details.
  • Repair damage to property owned or leased by the business not already covered by insurance or landlord reimbursement. This could include replacement or repair of property inside and/or on the façade of the business and includes payment of deductibles for expenses covered by insurance. (Grants for repair damage are capped at $2,500 per business).

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Contact Information

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Business Profile

In lieu of requiring financial statements and uploaded documents, please provide the following information. DRA reserves the right to request documentation of these responses prior to awarding any grant funds.

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Eligibility Criteria Questionnaire

The following are “qualifying” questions; a “no” response indicates that you are ineligible for this program. DRA reserves the right to disqualify applicants at any point in the process if these responses are deemed inaccurate.

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Priority Area for Recovery Grant

  • A business is eligible to apply if it is inside the downtown element boundary OR inside any of the district boundaries as depicted in the map below.
  • The business must be a storefront or consumer-facing business in downtown Raleigh.
  • Retailers, restaurants, and personal services not located on the ground floor are still eligible to apply.

Boundary Map

Demonstration of Need

What are the adverse impacts to your business from COVID-19 (Select all that apply) (*)

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Number of full and part-time employees (excluding yourself):

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Total Sales:

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Average or typical number of daily transactions:

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Have you accessed any relief programs? Please select all that apply. (Please note, accessing these programs does not disqualify your application.)*

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For City of Raleigh Grants, such as Raleigh Small Business Fund grants:

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Pivot Grant Proposal

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Repair Grant Questions (may apply for both Repair Grant and Pivot Grant)

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Budget

As part of awarding these funds, applicants must provide a narrative describing their budget for the idea they want funded by this grant award. For example, if an applicant is seeking funds for additional furniture for outdoor dining, then applicant should provide how much they plan to spend on furniture, and can provide a link in this box or email receipt documenting the cost of furniture and how much they are seeking in reimbursement.

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Certifications

If would like to send any additional documentation, please send to roxannelundy@downtownraleigh.org

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