Main Street Beatrice understands the economic burdens COVID-19 has placed on small businesses in our community and the barriers to breaking free from its disruptions.
As a result, we are again offering a flexible mini-grant of up to $500 per award to help small businesses with marketing and digital development expenses incurred between April – June 2021. The mini-grant is able to be offered thanks to the community support Main Street Beatrice has received. Grants will be between $200-$500 each.
Main Street Beatrice will provide the grant only to small businesses within the designated Main Street district (see map attached) with priority given to our Contributing Partners and/or our downtown Dining and Entertainment sector (example: theaters, restaurants, bars, event venues). Funds are limited and we understand that we may not be able to meet all requests. Those who received a grant in 2020 and have submitted their final report are eligible to apply however priority consideration will be given to new applicants.
The purpose of the grants are to:
1) Help provide for marketing that reaches customers and communicates to them that your business is open for business. This can be digital, radio, paper, direct mailing, etc. For general marketing grants a focus will be on businesses that show a significant negative impact(s) from the pandemic.
2) We want to focus on applications that help a business develop or further develop their online presence (website, social media, online shopping/order, Google optimization, etc.) and/or new forms of service delivery. If you have already invested in a website, online sales platform, delivery, etc. since March 16, 2020, those expenses can be considered as part of the grant.
Main Street Beatrice staff are always available to help you discuss business topics such as marketing and digital improvements. Call us we would be happy to assist you, 402-223-3244.
Businesses should submit their completed application forms to Main Street Beatrice by Wednesday, April 14th.
First-round grant applications were awarded in December to Bagby Travel Agency, Inc, The Black Crow Restaurant & Bar, Blue Bulldog, Colleen’s Catering, Community Players Inc., Fletchers Decorating, Inc, Kabo Bar, The Mechanical Room, Nick’s Shell, Production Creek, R & D Barber, The Resolution Center, Smith, Schafer, Davis, and Gaertig LLC, Southeast Nebraska CASA, Stone Hollow Brewing Company, Tall Tree Tasting, and Valentino’s.
More details on the grant are in the application document below. If you have any questions please call us we would be happy to help.