Qualification Process

This competitive $10,000 grant is available for Power Agency members in NCEMPA and NCMPA1. This grant has no match, but is only available to a member city or town once every three years.

In any calendar year that a member receives the $10,000 grant, the member community is not eligible for the $5,000 Smart Communities Grant. The member is eligible for the $5,000 Smart Communities Grant in years two and three following receipt of the Downtown Revitalization Grant.

Proceeds from the Downtown Revitalization Grant may be used for a wide range of purposes so long as that purpose advances the downtown revitalization goals of the member community and has the approval of the city/town manager or chief executive. Some examples of grant funding priorities are listed below, however, other grant purposes will be considered at the time of grant review. The ElectriCities Economic Development team will review all grants submitted and will typically notify the member community regarding the status of their grant application within 45 days of submission.

Grant examples:

  • Downtown redevelopment studies
  • Streetscape plans
  • Building reuse studies
  • Attraction or retention programs

Interested member communities should complete the application below. Applications will be accepted throughout the 2018 calendar year. Funding for this pilot program is limited, therefore applicants are encouraged to select high-impact projects that have financial support and other backing from the community.