URBAN DINING PROGRAM APPLICATION
Business owners may apply for matching grants for outdoor seating furniture and equipment including tables, chairs, umbrellas, and balusters as well as City permit application fees.
To encourage local economic growth and development by making downtown Jamestown an attractive place to live, work, play, and do business. Outdoor Urban Dining Grants target improvements that contribute to the overall streetscape aesthetic of the downtown business district, encourage business expansion, stabilization, and entrepreneurship, and aim to improve individual building image and functionality for business owners. In light of the COVID19 pandemic this program is designed to enable businesses to re-open with the additional space needed for social distancing by utilizing the outdoors.
Who can apply
Business owners of taxable commercial businesses located within the Urban Design Target Area are eligible to apply (see map below, preference will be given to businesses closer to the downtown). Properties or businesses with outstanding tax assessments or code violations are not eligible.
Learn more about the Urban Design Plan 2.0 here:
Urban Design Plan Target Area
Terms and Grant Amount
Business owners may apply for a 50% matching grant for up to $3,000 for outdoor seating furniture and equipment including items such as tables, chairs, umbrellas, and balusters. The JRC will also cover the application fee to the City of Jamestown and assist in the permit applications. If businesses, choose to group together on a bulk order that results in matching equipment for multiple (more than 3) businesses (preferably adjacent or near one another) JRC will increase the match rate per business to 70% and the total available funds up to $4,000 per business. Grants made under this program shall be a minimum $500 and will be payable one time. Successful applicants will receive a letter of intent to provide project funds. Grant funds are distributed upon proof of equipment purchase. Business owners must commit to maintaining the equipment and keep the equipment for use in the Urban Core for a minimum of 3 years. JRC has the right to require funding back from the business owner should the business move/close or the equipment is deemed by JRC staff as not being utilized and/or maintained. The Applicant must also participate in the Jamestown’s Ambassador Program for 3 years. At the end of the first year the Applicant will provide a brief (less than one page) summary of the impact this program has had on their business.
Equipment should be moveable and flexible to enable varied use and seasonal storage and should generally fit the nature and aesthetic of the urban core (i.e. picnic tables are not recommended though they could be eligible if there is a use case provided in the application). Businesses should have a plan for off hour and seasonal storage.
Grant Review and Approval
The JRC Staff and Urban Core Committee reviews all proposals, and awards funding based upon fund availability and compliance with this application and JRC standards. Note that the application for the City of Jamestown must be approved prior to ordering the equipment, JRC will work with business owners on this process. Preference will be given to applications that have sufficient space in front of their businesses. Preference may also be given to those that have participated in the Ambassador program, been sponsored and participated in community events, those that have been open more than two year and/or those who have received support from JRC in the past.
Eligible Expenses may include but are not limited to:
1) Outdoor Tables
2) Outdoor Chairs
3) Balusters and Chains
4) Outdoor Waiter/Waitress/hostess Station
6) Outdoor temporary lighting
7) Outdoor space heaters
If the business feels there are other expenses that must be incurred to enable outdoor seating, please include these items on your application and those items will be deemed eligible or not during the approval process. Grants requests will be adjusted to remove ineligible items.
Ineligible Expenses may include but are not limited to:
1) Anything purchased prior to JRC commitment letter
2) Anything unrelated to outdoor dining
3) Cloth items (except shade devices) (i.e. tablecloths, napkins, placemats)
4) Short-lived materials and equipment (i.e. unpainted/untreated steel/wood)
5) Plates/bowls, common ware, serving plates, and condiment containers
Must be in Urban Core
If you partner with other business the match will increase! Partner up and describe how you plan to partner
Please briefly describe the services/equipment you propose to acquire and if an item is not listed explicitly as an eligible expense please explain why your business(s) needs that item.
How much money are you willing to commit to this effort if you are selected for the award? Submission of this form is not a binding agreement.
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