York-based Downtown Inc. has awarded $20,500 grants to 13 businesses through its 2022 Downtown Bloom Grant program.
The grants provide the businesses resources to improve productivity, expand business services, or help them to grow to the next level, Downtown Inc. said.
Of the 13 businesses receiving funding, nine are BIPOC-owned, one is veteran owned and another nine are owned by women.
The 2022 Downtown Bloom Grant Recipients are:
The YoCo Bloom Grant Program was created in 2018 and expanded in 2019 to include a Downtown-focused grant. This micro-grant program is part of ongoing efforts by Downtown Inc. to support businesses in Downtown York and by the BLOOM Business Empowerment Center to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, resources, and education to accelerate small business startup, growth, and success, Downtown York said.
Since its launch, 129 BLOOM Grants have been distributed to small businesses/organizations in York County, Downtown York, York County Trail Towns communities, to women-owned businesses, start-up entrepreneurs, and graduates of the BLOOM Small Business Development courses, with 54% of grants going to businesses owned by persons of color and 65% going to women-owned businesses.