DETROIT (AP) – More than two dozen Detroit businesses are getting matching grants to help improve their curb appeal.
Motor City Re-Store grants of nearly $300,000 were announced Thursday. The funds support existing small businesses while beautifying the city’s commercial corridors.READ MORE: Protestors In Detroit Petition To Grant Immigrant Status To Haitian Migrants
Eight companies will share $164,700 to improve the exteriors of their shops. Another 17 will split $129,000 for pre-construction designs.
More than three quarters of the companies receiving grants are owned by minorities. Nearly 25 percent are owned by women.READ MORE: First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Royal Oak On Friday
Officials say the grants help existing businesses stay competitive with new firms opening in Detroit neighborhoods.
Mayor Mike Duggan says Motor City Re-Store was created to help businesses that remained in Detroit during the city’s “difficult years.”
Motor City Re-Store is supported by Community Development Block Grants and other funds.
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