Stanardsville revitalization project awarded $60K in state funds

A public-private partnership that seeks to nurture the business community in Greene County’s only town will receive $60,000 from the state government for a project called “Community Business Launch 2024.” 

The funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will go to a group called Stanardsville Area Revitalization.  

“[Community Business Launch] projects train entrepreneurs and small-business owners on business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges with winners receiving grant funding and support services from the community to kick-start their new venture,” reads a press release from Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office sent out on Tuesday. 

According to their website, Stanardsville Area Revitalization has received over $3.1 million in grants over the years to support projects and has raised over a half million in local funds for required matches. 

News of the award is part of a greater announcement of over $2.9 billion in small business development and community revitalization projects across the Commonwealth. It’s also only one of two projects announced in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. 

The Louisa Forward Foundation will receive $15,000 for a wayfinding project from the Virginia Main Street Community Vitality Grant program. 

Other Community Business Launch grants include $100,000 for the Lynchburg Business Association, $100,000 for the Metropolitan Business League Partnership in Petersburg, $60,000 for the City of Covington and $50,000 a piece for the Town of Waverly and the Town of Wise. 

The Staunton Downtown Development Association received $20,000 for the Central Avenue Project from the Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment grant program. The Waynesboro Economic Development Authority has been awarded $100,000 for a project called Resurgence 2 2024. 

For the full list of grant recipients, visit the DCHD website.

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