GALAX RECEIVES 2019 VIRGINIA MAIN STREET
COMMERCIAL DISTRICT AFFILIATE GRANT
The City of Galax has been awarded a 2019 Virginia Main Street Commercial District Affiliate grant in the amount of $3,300. These funds will be used for Main Street banners. The Galax Public Art Committee will seek graphic designs for the banners. The entire Galax community, youth, graphic designers, artists and fans of Galax are encouraged to apply and submit designs! The Galax Public Art Committee will soon release a Call for Art for the designs.
The Commercial District Affiliate grant is offered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development through the Virginia Main Street Program, the state’s coordinating program for Main Street America. The grants are designed to provide funding for projects or services that will assist communities in achieving their downtown revitalization goals. These grants are available to more than 8o Commercial District Affiliates that have registered with Virginia Main Street.
This year’s grants total $35,000 for the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization in Arlington County, Russell County on behalf of the Dante Community Association, the City of Galax and the towns of Narrows, Glade Spring and Stanardsville.
“Downtown revitalization is key to creating stronger entrepreneurial ecosystems in our Main Street Commercial District Affiliate communities,” said Erik Johnston, director for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. “Though small in size, these projects will have a lasting impact in the communities they will be serving.”
Virginia Main Street has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts in Virginia for more than 30 years. Today, the program is a network of 28 designated communities and more than 8o affiliate communities who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 2012, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $272 million in private investment, generated more than 3,000 net new jobs and garnered more than 406,000 volunteer hours.