Youngkin announces $2.9 million in small business and historic revitalization grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $2.9 million in grants for 45 projects across the Commonwealth.

The funded projects will revitalize historic commercial districts, expand small businesses and grow local economies.

Some local communities are recipients of the grants including Downtown Front Royal which will receive $15,000 towards Organizational Structure.

The City of Winchester will receive $20,000 for nonprofit restructuring.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was one of the largest beneficiaries receiving $100,000 for their Bricks and Clicks program.

In total, the projects will support nearly 650 business, create or expand another 53 businesses, train 140 entrepreneurs, provide 112 improvement projects, and leverage close to a million dollars in private investment.

To view the Governor’s announcement including additional information on the projects, click here.

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Efforts made to save Willa Cather’s birthplace

The National Willa Cather Center in Nebraska and the Cather family is seeking donations to help purchase and restore her birthplace located in Gore.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author and Frederick County native’s home has fallen into disrepair and is in risk of collapse.

Significant restoration is needed to preserve the home with costs estimated at $200,000.

Cather’s works including Sapphira and the Slave Girl have increasing interest to contemporary scholars and preserving her birthplace could attract visitors to the Shenandoah Valley.

The home has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978 and was last visited by Cather in the 1930s.

The Willa Cather Birthplace Fund has already raised over $20,000 and you can chip in by donating here.

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Logan Maiatico Foundation donates to cancer outreach

The Logan Maiatico Foundation announced the donation of $1,000 to Helping Hands Cancer Outreach last night at the Skyline vs Central high school football game.

Supporters of the foundation were easily found sporting pink shirts throughout the stadium as they saw their Hawks fall to the Falcons 52-7.

The Foundation is closing in on its first year in operation and has already raised nearly $20,000 which was used in the community for scholarships, jerseys for youth leagues, and supporting other local organizations like the Phoenix Project.

The next big event they are preparing for is Logan’s 21st Birthday Cash Bash.

Tickets are still available through the Foundation and going fast!

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