Provided by the City of Manassas
The City of Manassas will award 24 grants of $2,500 each to qualifying businesses in Historic Downtown Manassas. Grants will be delivered on a first come, first served basis. Details qualifying and applying for the funds are on the Manassas Economic Development Department COVID-19 Businesses Resources web page.
To establish the $60,000 pool of funds, the City applied for and received a $20,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Per the City’s proposal, that amount was matched by two local entities, Historic Manassas Inc. (HMI) and the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The entire amount will be awarded to Historic Downtown restaurants, retailers, and personal service providers for rent relief.
Patrick Small is Manassas Economic Development Director. He said, “The City of Manassas was fortunate to receive … funds from the Commonwealth and [that]our affiliated economic development partners agreed to match them. The grant was made possible because Manassas is a Virginia Main Street community. Main Street businesses are the Historic Heart that drives the City’s Modern Beat… [They] are the lifeblood of communities across America.”
Other initiatives by the City to help small business during the COVID-19 public health crisis include an ad campaign to rally community support. A website is dedicated to providing essential information and resources. City officials endeavor to help all businesses in Manassas in every way possible. Officials will continue to identify resources that can be leveraged during the crisis.