Tuesday, October 4, 2022

WDI wraps up Covid-19 downtown grant program [Free]

Small businesses in downtown Wilmington logged record losses and unemployment during coronavirus-related closures. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna F. Still)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) is wrapping up its Covid-19 small business grant program by awarding its last three this week.

In total, WDI’s re-stock, re-open, and re-cover (Re-3) grant program funded 40 downtown businesses since the pandemic began. Up to $3,000 was awarded to each business, totaling $113,000 in grants shared.

Businesses applied for the grants through WDI and were permitted to use funds in a variety of ways, from purchasing PPE to buying ads to increase business during the economic lull caused by the pandemic.

Funds were provided by the Longleaf Foundation, nCino, and dozens more local donors.

“The Re-3 grant program exceeded all of our expectations,” WDI Chair Dane Scalise said in a press release. “Our Downtown businesses absolutely still need your ongoing love and support, but this program truly highlights our community’s tremendous capacity for generosity. I’m so honored to have been involved and cannot thank the donors enough.”

Awards were provided to the following local businesses:

Art in Bloom Gallery
Black Sea Grill
Bottega Art & Wine
Charlie Graingers
Cousins Italian Deli
Decades of Décor
Dock Street Oyster Bar
encore magazine
Flytrap Brewing
Front and Dock LLC
Gravity Records
Hell’s Kitchen
Jester’s Café
Just cut it Barbershop
Love, Lydia Bakery and Café
Luna Caffe
Manna
Murphy’s Barber Shop
New Anthem Beer Project
Occasions… Just Write
Old Books on Front Street
Port City Cheesesteaks
Pour Tap Room
Savorez
Second Skin Vintage
Stemmerman’s Inn
Swahili Coast
Tavern Law 1832
terra sol sanctuary
The Basics
The Beer Barrio
The Black Cat Shoppe
The Blind Elephant
The Copper Penny
The Foxes Boxes
The Hive
The Second Glass
Varnish Ale and Spirits
Warehouse 1856
Wilmington Wine

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