Business District Support grants (BDS)
The City Council awards Business District Support (BDS) grants to not-for-profit organizations with the capacity and mission to perform business district revitalization and economic development work.
Each neighborhood business district is unique - with its own set of opportunities and challenges and requires a customized approach to improving its economic health. BDS grants fund a wide range of activities, with the overarching goal of strengthening neighborhood business districts and building sustainable mechanisms for ongoing vitality and investment.
Eligible proposals are focused on initiatives and investments that enhance business district vitality, benefit existing businesses, diversify an area’s client base, or increase the diversity of goods and services provided, particularly in communities where there are existing racial, ethnic, and economic disparities.
Overviews of grants awarded in 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , and 2019 help illustrate the diverse set of activities funded. Staff reports to the City Council recommend grantees and describe program achievements of the past year: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.
City staff issue an annual Request for Proposals (RFP) each January to solicit proposals. Documents from the most recent RFP include:
Contact Judy Moses for more information.