Onancock Main St. reveals plans for $35,500 grant to improve downtown neighborhood

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 14, 2022

Onancock Main Street (OMS) has secured $37,500 in funding to improve the city’s downtown district

OMS received $25,000 in Downtown Investment Grants (DIG). The Town of Onancock matches the grant with $12,500. DIG is only available to Advancing Virginia Main Street communities and can be used to fund full projects, provide seed funding for new projects, or provide top-up funding that allows a project to be fully funded.

One hundred percent of funds will be directed to programs that benefit the downtown area, including:

  • create murals on downtown buildings to increase the city’s profile
  • attract visitors and residents;
  •  launched a gift card program to encourage shopping in downtown Onancock;
  •  assisting small businesses through workshops and a product marketing program
  • assets to business owners to encourage them to locate their business in
  • Onancock;
  •  and create window banners and stickers to fill building windows while they are
  • be renovated for new businesses.

“The town is grateful for the tireless efforts of OMS,” said Onancock City Manager Matt Spuck. “Innovative grants like this will continue to differentiate Onancock, attracting even more businesses to the town and supporting those who already call Onancock home.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin last week announced Virginia Main Street grants for 16 communities totaling more than $257,000. Funded projects will revitalize historic commercial districts, grow small businesses and strengthen local economies through new technologies and improved marketing.

“For more than 30 years, the Virginia Main Street program has been essential to economic development, small business growth and job development through the revitalization and preservation of our historic downtown neighborhoods,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “I look forward to seeing the economic opportunity these projects will create while also preserving and utilizing the historic character of their communities.”

Since 1985, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has provided assistance to localities engaged in revitalizing the downtown commercial district through the Virginia Main Street Program.