Main Street Challenge Grant Program Accepting Applications

Mark Wicks
Charles City Chamber of Commerce Director Mark Wicks

Charles City, Iowa – Commercial building owners in Charles City’s downtown district have an opportunity to apply for up to $75,000 in state assistance for a building rehabilitation project through Community Revitalization.

The same project last year is currently helping to fund the former Charley Western Railroad Depot office building rehabilitation project by owners Stacy and Staci Ackerson.

The 2016 Main Street Challenge Grant program is being offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Main Street Iowa to all 52 Main Street communities in Iowa, including Charles City. Each community is eligible to submit one proposal for a bricks and mortar project to this year’s competitive grant program, which has been allotted a total of $925,000 by the Iowa Legislature.

Grants awarded will range from $15,000 to $75,000 with each grant requiring a dollar-for –dollar cash match from the building owner.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to building rehabilitation projects, both interior and exterior; new construction as well as sensitive building additions. Multiple property projects are also eligible as long as they have a common connection or theme and each property meets the minimum grant amount of $15,000.

For more information contact Mark Wicks at the Charles City Revitalization office at 641-228-4234.

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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.