LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joseph Bellino is applauding the announcement that Adrian and Blissfield have both been awarded $25,000 Main Street Vibrancy grants by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“Helping communities revitalize their downtowns is an important step to attracting new talent and investment, improving the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for area families,” said Bellino, R-Monroe. “I applaud local leaders in Adrian and Blissfield for earning these competitive grants to help create a thriving downtown that improves these communities and our entire region for families, workers and job providers.”
Blissfield was awarded a grant to support transforming a vacant lot into an outdoor dining and cultural space with lighting, movable furniture and a mural. Two parklets in the downtown area would also be added.
Adrian was awarded a grant for a downtown mural project with two distinct community representative murals to jumpstart a district wide mural project.
The Main Street Vibrancy Grant Program is intended to provide grants of $25,000 to Select or Master level Michigan Main Street communities for projects that enhance the vibrancy and economic vitality of Michigan Main Street downtowns. Projects could include pop-up shop programs, implementation of a marketing or advertising campaign, physical improvements such as new seating, seasonal infrastructure, signage, or art, and other transformative projects that help create a sense of place and a more vibrant community.
Twenty-five communities currently participate in the Michigan Main Street program at the select and master levels. To see the full list, visit here. For more information about the Michigan Main Street Program, visit www.miplace.org/programs/michigan-main-street/.