The Auburn Downtown Revitalization Initiative Small Project Grant Fund (“DRI Grant Fund”) is intended to assist property owners, businesses, and entrepreneurs in the DRI boundary with investments that will help to meet the following goals: 1) Reinvent Downtown as a vibrant center for living, working, learning, entertaining, and civic engagement; 2) Promote Auburn and engage, educate, and welcome residents and visitors; 3) Beautify the City’s streetscapes, public spaces, and gateways; and 4) Enhance, preserve, and activate the City’s architecture and urban fabric. CEDA and the City of Auburn see providing support to businesses to improve resiliency and sustainability through the impacts of COVID and directly related to these goals.

Note that DRI Grant Fund grants will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis, meaning that the project costs will need to be expended and documented prior to receiving the funds. Interim reimbursements may be possible at project milestones.

Full DRI Grant Fund Activities: This application is for property owners, entrepreneurs and businesses within the DRI boundary for building renovations, leasehold improvements, permanent machinery and equipment, signage, and COVID resiliency activities.

    1. Program Overview: https://cayugaeda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dri-grant-fund-overview-regular.pdf
    2. Application: https://cayugaeda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dri-application-form.docx
    3. Application Review Deadline: January 4, 2021 – If you would like CEDA staff to review your application and provide feedback prior to final submission, you must submit a draft by the review deadline.
    4. Application Submission Deadline: January 18, 2021

Beyond what is available in the overview linked above, more detailed information about this program can be found in the Grant Fund Administrative Plan, which is available here: https://cayugaeda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/dri-grant-fund-administrative-plan.pdf.

Please contact the following individuals as soon as possible if you require assistance developing any portion of the application: