As of April 21, 2021, the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has adopted three new business assistance grant programs for downtown Clearwater commercial property owners and tenants starting May 1, 2021. The programs total more than $1.5 million over two years and are at three varying levels that address both short and long-term challenges in the CRA’s 488-acre boundary.
The three grant programs are focused on reducing blight and filling vacant ground-floor commercial spaces with uses that generate pedestrian activity within the entirety of the CRA district. Once approved, applicants will have between six months and one year to implement interior or exterior renovations.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting May 1 and are subject to CRA approval and budget availability. Interested parties should note that no projects will be funded retroactively, and applications must be approved prior to beginning work.
Throughout the months of May and June, CRA staff will be available for office hours to answer questions on the three business assistance grant programs. Interested parties can book a time to meet with CRA staff every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more. For more information visit: downtownclearwater.com
Below are the three available new grants:
Commercial Beautification Program:
Vacancy Reduction Program: