Grants, Loans & Incentives
Downtown Rutland Micro-Business Grant Application
This program aims to help existing businesses make capital improvements, such as equipment, fixtures, physical space and facade. These are competitive grants with limited funds to be awarded following the completion of the project. This grant program is currently under review and will be available again soon.
Small Business Start-Up Grant
The Small Business Start-up grants aims to help new small businesses open their doors in Downtown Rutland. This program fills the need of helping new businesses that are not necessarily on our “target business recruitment” list. The Business Development Committee will review any and all applications for this program. This grant program is currently under review and will be available again soon.
Downtown and Village Tax Credits
Revolving Loan Fund
The RLF is intended to provide the incentive for building owners in the Downtown Special Benefits District to renovate and upgrade their buildings, to meet code requirements in the renovation of their building, with emphasis on the re-utilization of upper floors in those structures. The maximum loan to be offered through the RLF will be $30,000. Download the application.
Qualification of Applicants
Applicants for the RLF funding must own the building for which the RLF funds would be used. Applicants must show, through presentation of tax returns, balance sheets, etc. that the applicant has the capacity to repay the loan under the terms of the loan.
Use of Funds
Preference will be given to applicants who are proposing to renovate the building to enhance the viability of the use of upper floors of the structure. Funds may be used to leverage other borrowings, such as from private financial institutions or federal and/or state grants.
Preference will also be given to proposals that provide for market based housing to be offered in the renovated space(s).
Funds may be used for the installation of fire protection systems, plumbing, electrical and structural improvements, ADA compliance requirement, façade improvement, and other work that meets the purposes of the RLF.
The Downtown Rutland Partnership, in association with the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, will accept applications for RLF funds from potential applicants on forms to be developed by the RRA. The DRP executive Director will act as administrator of the RLF. A RLF committee comprised of 2 members of the Board of Director’s from the DRP and 2 members of the Board Director’s from the RRA and the Mayor, or his/her designee will review each application and recommend to the Board or Aldermen the amount and terms of the loan to be offered. The Board of Aldermen will have the final approval of the loan.
The terms of the loan shall be determined on a case by case basis, with the recommendations of those terms by the RLF committee subject to Board of Aldermen approval.
The RLF “loan” will act as a 2nd mortgage on the property and will only is subordinate to the 1st mortgage on the property.
Availability of funds
Application will be reviewed as received, and funds may be allocated up to amount of principal available in the RLF. In the event that more funds are applied for than are available at any given time, the RLF committee will rank the applications based on the above noted preferences, and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen as to which proposals should be funded, and at what amount.