Incentives & Grants
The Town of Ashland and the Ashland Economic Development Authority administer numerous grant, loan, and incentive programs. Grant and loan programs are competitive and no applicants are guaranteed financial awards.
COVID-19 Recovery and Support Grants
Town of Ashland Programs
CDBG Business Assistance Grant Program
The Town of Ashland has partnered with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to offer the CDBG Business Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to provide rent/mortgage assistance for up to $15,000 or 6 months of rent or mortgage payments to qualifying Town of Ashland businesses.
In addition, the Town is offering increased Safety Enhancement Grants of $5,000 per business to help offset the costs of making businesses and office spaces safer for operation under current state guidelines. Businesses may apply for these funds by using the same application.
For more information, contact Nicole Preisner at (804) 798-1073 or email@example.com.
Venue Support Program (American Rescue Plan Act Grant)
With funding from the American Rescue Plan Act grant program, Town Council has adopted a Venue Support Grant to assist eligible venues with losses suffered during the pandemic. The goal of the Town of Ashland’s Venue Support Program is to provide financial assistance to businesses and non-profit organizations in the tourism and entertainment industry that are primarily supported through ticketed or paid attendance at their physical location within the Town of Ashland. Businesses and organizations in the tourism and entertainment industry with physical locations were most severely impacted economically by the COVID-19 impact due to public safety and health regulations that required their closure for months. Please see the description of the program here.
To apply, please prepare a letter addressing all bullet points in the “Eligibility Section” in the above-referenced program document and submit it along with the required documents to DougG@AshlandVA.gov no later than Monday, February 7, 2022. If you have questions about your eligibility or applicability of this grant program to your venue or business, please contact Doug Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (804) 798-8617.
Ashland Economic Development Authority (EDA) Programs
Patio Heating Assistance Grant - application
Special Tax Relief Districts
Economic Development Authority (EDA) Loans & Grants
The Infrastructure program is designed to assist business and property owners with costs associated with site-readiness infrastructure such as water and sewer. The loan can be forgiven if the awarded applicant satisfies all goals and objectives set forth in the approved plan.
In appropriate circumstances, funds for demolition can be granted from the EDA. As with the Infrastructure program, the loan can be forgiven if the awarded applicant satisfies all goals and objectives set forth in the approved plan.