The 2017 cycle of the CRA Grant Program is designed to help support private investment in the South St. Pete area. This program was launched in 2015 as part of St. Pete’s 30 year revitalization plan. The Community Redevelopment Area is generally located between 4th Street and 49th Street, from 2nd Avenue North to 30th Avenue South.
Grant Program helps improve local businesses
City Council recently approved budget amounts for the CRA grants – including nearly $412,000 for commercial grants and nearly $122,000 for housing and neighborhood revitalization and multi-family residential property improvement grants. Previous recipients include Roosevelt Carter, owner of Florida Brake and Tire (1254 34th Street South); Delores Smith, owner of Delores M Smith Academy (1766 49th Street South); and Dr. Bob Wallace, owner of Love The Golden Rule, Inc. (721 Dr. MLK Jr. Street South).
Ahead of the June 16 grant application deadline, the City is offering workshops and satellite office hours at various locations to assist with preparing the application:
- Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8pm
Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue South (Greenhouse Satellite Office)
- Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-7pm
The Greenhouse (City Hall Annex), 440 Second Avenue North
Satellite office hours available to applicants
Satellite office hours are 1-5pm on May 17 and 31; June 14 and 28 at Childs Park YMCA (691 43rd Street South). Additional hours will be available from 1-5pm May 10 and 24; June 7 and 21 at Enoch Davis Center (1111 18th Avenue South).
Funding is awarded through a competitive process by which grant applications are ranked according to a scoring system. The City has created a Grant Review Committee, comprised of three members of City Council and four members of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment. The Committee will rank applications and make recommendations to City Council which will approve the grant awards. The Committee will meet in mid-July based on the current application deadline.