Everyone needs a little help sometimes and almost everyone agrees that keeping up Historic districts and buildings is important not only in terms of our history but also of our future. A recent grant received by the City of Wauseon aims to do both.
In addition to local funds that have been set aside for various projects, including $20,000 Wauseon City Council has set aside each year for the next 5 years, business and building owners in Wauseon’s Historic Downtown have recently been given the opportunity to participate in the Wauseon Downtown Revitalization Grant.
Fulton County Planning Director David Wright applied for a similar grant last year but that request was denied. Wright, however, thought it worth his time to apply again, taking on a slightly different angle. His persistence in securing the grant has paid off.
The $300,000 grant sets aside $270,000 for businesses in the target area who have qualified projects. The additional $30,000 of the grant is set aside for administrative purposes related to the grant. Businesses within the target area who have qualified projects can apply for the grant that offers funds on a one-to-one matching basis.
At this time the plan is to award funds for qualified projects on a first come-first serve basis.
Wright acknowledges that there are steps that have to be taken in order to award any business a portion of the grant money. However, he also explains that he is there to work with business owners and guide them through those processes.
Business and building owners in the downtown Wauseon target area who are interested in applying for this funding for improvements or wanting more information should contact Wright at his office. “Success in this program will offer many other economic and community development opportunities for years to come,” Wright explains. Wright may be reached at 419-337-9214 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fulton County Regional Planning Commission office is located at 123 Courthouse Plaza, Suite 1, Wauseon, OH.
Business and building owners are also encouraged not to put off contacting Wright’s office. Not only is the intent to award funds on a first come – first serve basis, any grant funds not used by August 2016 will be forfeited back to the state.
And pretty much everyone also agrees that forfeiting the funds back would be a shame.