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Downtown Ferndale businesses are eligible for grants from ARPA funds

FERNDALE, Wash. — American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funds made available to the City of Ferndale to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 economic disaster are being used to fund Revitalization Grants available to businesses located in the core downtown area of Ferndale.

A press release from the Ferndale Downtown Association (FDA) says they are accepting grant applications from existing businesses for “enhancing their presence” and from new businesses to encourage them to set up in town.

$400,000 will be available to grant for both existing and incoming businesses that were impacted or delayed by Covid-19. Additionally, $50,000 is intended for improving the aesthetic aspects of our Downtown core.

• $200,000 is directed for existing businesses
• $200,000 is directed for incoming businesses

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Existing Business applications are being taken from now until June 30, 2022. New Business applications are now available and will be reviewed as they are submitted.

To be eligible for this grant, your business must be within the defined area of the Downtown Ferndale Business District. This runs along Ferndale’s Main Street from the BNSF Railroad Bridge up to the Public Library and the two city blocks north and two city blocks south of Main Street along that same east/west stretch.

Ferndale Downtown Association
Downtown Revitalization Grant Zone

FDA Interim Executive Director Sara Fassett told Whatcom News that she and others on the FDA board have been actively approaching businesses about the grants. “We went around for a few days with handouts explaining the program and directing them to the website for further information.” She added that this opportunity is open to both building and business owners.

Interested applicants can download the grant applications from the FDA website.

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The FDA offices are located inside the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center at 2007 Cherry Street.

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