With Second Round of Funding Complete, City has Awarded over $100K in Grant Funding to Local Businesses through this Program

(MEDFORD)— The City’s Office of Planning, Development, and Sustainability awarded over $75,000 in grant funding to 23 local small businesses and property owners during the second round of the Small Business Façade Improvement Grant Program this winter, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced. The Storefront improvement program provides matching CDBG funding up to $5,000 to business and commercial property owners interested in making street front exterior improvements to lighting, awnings, signage, window boxes, and paint.

In the first round of the program, the City awarded over $50,000 to local businesses and property owners. Between the two rounds, 35 small businesses and property owners will receive funding to help enhance their storefronts, bringing new vibrancy to Medford’s commercial areas.

In addition to supporting façade improvement projects through the Storefronts grant program, the City is also developing a set of storefront design guidelines for Medford business and commercial property owners to reference when making improvements. The grant consultant is assisting awardees with design options. The City expects to begin seeing the results of these enhancements in the spring and summer of 2023. 

“Our small businesses are incredibly resilient and have weathered historic challenges in the past few years,” Mayor Lungo-Koehn said. “I’m thrilled that the City is able to contribute to helping our downtowns thrive through this grant programs and look forward to working with each of the grantees to bring their visions to life.”

The following businesses and property owners were selected for Storefronts grant awards in Round 2:

· Alamo Roast Beef

· Blue Fuji Restaurant

· Deep Cuts Deli & Brewery

· Dynamic Computer Services

· E. Artistry

· EventThem

· Goulding School of Irish Dance

· King Boba Tea

· Salvatore’s

· Sanctuary United Church of Christ

· The Corner Studio

· The LOFT Hair Studio

· 6-10 High Street & 9-15 Main Street

· 25 Salem Street LLC

· 414-424 Salem Street

For more information regarding the Storefronts grant program, visit https://www.medfordma.org/for-businesses/business-development/storefront-improvement. Please contact Medford’s Office of Planning, Development, and Sustainability at 781-393-2480 or [email protected] with any questions.