The JumpStart grant is a conditional grant to assist new or relocating businesses during the first 24 months of operations. This grant may be used to subsidize rent, utilities, marketing or other expenses. 

Click here for the program requirements and application. 

Store Front Grant

The Store Front grant encourages business owners to beautify and renew the business districts to promote further development and to invigorate community pride. Store fronts, signage and sidewalk approaches can all be improved with this program. 

This grant requires a dollar for-dollar match by the business.

For more information, click here.

Downtown Looking Up

The Downtown Looking Up grant is part of the Downtown Revitalization initiative by Smith Center Economic Development and can be used in conjuction with the Store Front grant.

This grant allows for new or upgraded awnings which create an immediate, significant visual impact to the business district. This program doesn’t require matching funds from the business owner because this benefits the entire business district by making the commercial area more attractive and appealing. 

For more information, click here.

Clean Up and Revitalization Grants

The Clean Up and Revitalization grants enhance our community by removing dilapidated structures or debris so property is prepared for new construction or other improvements that will increase its value.

These reimbursement grants are matching grants and must be approved before the clean up work is completed. 

For commercial properties, click here

For residential properties, click here


All Smith Center Economic Development Programs are subject to the availability of funds. SCED reserves the rights to alter or discontinue any program at any time without written notice.