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Business Beautification Grants available

Photo by Bob Palermini
Photo Bob Palermini
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, with 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 collects a Transient Occupancy Tax from people who stay in overnight lodgings within City limits. Over half (69%) 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 30% of the funds are used to support the tourism industry, including 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.
The City initially had $175K available for distribution for this fiscal year to end June 30, 2024.Approximately $100K has been awarded to the following local businesses*:
  • Ashland Inn
  • Emz Blendz Soap Making Company
  • Coolidge House Bed & Breakfast
  • Martolli’s
  • Paddington Station
  • Mason’s on Main
  • Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library
  • The Websters
  • Carpet Mart
  • Be Cherished
  • Noble Fox
  • Progressive Optometry
“It is exciting to see the beautification projects that have been submitted and for the City to be able to support local businesses in this way. I would love for more businesses to apply and look forward to seeing the beautification projects come to life,” stated Interim City Manager, Sabrina Cotta.
Learn more and apply for grant matching funds at The funds will be distributed through June 30, 2024.
*This list is not complete.


Sabrina Cotta, Interim City Manager/Deputy City Manager
City of Ashland
Released February 26, 2024 

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