Downtown businesses have experienced unprecedented challenges in 2020 in the face of COVID-19 and construction. Viewing downtown’s continued vibrancy as vital to the overall success of Rochester, a generous private donor has stepped up to establish a grant fund to support downtown businesses through this challenging period. A number of interested private parties have contributed financially and in kind to bring this to fruition.
In mid-October the RDA announced 85 recipients of the Downtown Small Business Relief Fund. A group of jurors made grant allocations based on a combination of demonstrated need, COVID-19 preparedness plan assessments, and commitment to downtown. Final awards ranged between $2,000 and $18,000. The following businesses received grants from the fund: