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Grants announced for Kendall Whittier businesses


TULSA – Kendall Whittier Main Street announces a new grant opportunit­y available to business and property owners within the KWMS boundaries.

The Relief and Capital Improvemen­t Grant launched in late December and offers between $1,000 and $10,000 reimbursem­ent funding with no match required. The grant has two parts – crisis and emergency relief and planned capital improvemen­t projects.

Crisis and Emergency Relief is to support businesses when the worst happens, such as a fire or a break-in that caused a significan­t property loss or damage. Applicatio­ns can be submitted anytime and notificati­on will usually be made within one week of submission. Projects must be completed within 30 days of award notificati­on.

On the other hand, the Capital Improvemen­t side is for projects that can take the business or property to the next level, whether it’s purchasing an important piece of equipment or involves a business expansion. For capital improvemen­t projects, there are three deadlines – January 15, April 15 and July 15. Notificati­on will be made no later than the end of those months, and projects must all be completed by August 15 of this year.

“Over the last two years, we’ve noticed an increase in the need for both of these types of grants as businesses are still feeling effects of COVID-19 or have needed to transform part of their business model to adapt in a postpandem­ic world,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street.

All decisions and award amounts are made according to the greatest needs and largest impact with the overall goal of maximizing KWMS’S investment. Applicants should provide as much detail as possible to assist the task force in its decision.

Funding is limited. Grants will only be administer­ed as long as funding is available.

The funds to make the RCI Grant available come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Grant through the city of Tulsa. The grant is designed to provide relief following the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproport­ionally impacted some of Tulsa’s most vulnerable residents.

“We are thankful to receive the funding to allow us to provide grants to our small business owners and Kendall Whittier property owners,” Jackson Seay said. “This grant can really make an impact to businesses in the district!”

For more informatio­n or to apply, go to visitkenda­ A Spanish version of the eligibilit­y and applicatio­n is also available online and to download.


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