The City of Ashland is accepting grant applications for Business Beautification Grants for the 2023-2025 Biennium.
The City of Ashland has created a pilot grant-matching program that is aimed to encourage private investment in renovating and rehabilitating existing business properties, both lodging and commercial, within Ashland City limits. The goal of this program is to enhance the appearance of the City and achieve compliance with current regulations where necessary.
The City has up to $175K available per fiscal year (July through June) in the 2023-2025 Biennium. The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and distributed until funds are exhausted. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon, even if their project is scheduled later in the fiscal year.
The City collects a Transient Occupancy Tax from people who stay in overnight lodgings within City limits. Over half (58%) of those funds are reserved for the City’s General Fund and are used to support Police, Fire, Community Development and Municipal Court. Slightly more than 25% of the funds are used to support the tourism industry through the City’s partnership with Travel Ashland
in support of their work to market Ashland to tourists. The remaining funds are dedicated to the City’s grant programs focused on reinvestment in tourist-related infrastructure and tourism drawing events.
Grant applicants are eligible for up to $20K in matching grant funds. Businesses can apply for more than one grant; however, funds must be expended from their first award, before applying for another. Learn more and apply for grant matching funds at ashland.or.us/2023Grants
Sabrina Cotta, Acting City Manager
City of Ashland
Released November 29, 2023
Photo courtesy Bob Palermini