Downtown Sleigh Ride- December 2nd- Ticketed Event

Downtown Sleigh Ride- December 2nd- Ticketed Event

Fuquay-Varina Downtown will host a ticketed Sleigh Ride on Thursday, December 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Fast Passes are distributed as a thank you Friends of Downtown that support the nonprofit, FVDA.
Remaining tickets are available to the public at a ticket sale the night before the Sleigh Ride, Wednesday December 1st ~ 5:00pm at The FV Arts Center – 123 E. Vance Street. Lap children (3 and under) do not need a ticket. Tickets are $3 per ticket/max of 4 per purchasing adult.
For info about becoming a Friend, please visit www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
The sleigh ride will be located at TR Ashworth’s Station (120 S. Main Street) in the historic Fuquay District.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Small Business: Love All the Local Places Grant

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Small Business: Love All the Local Places Grant

Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Small Business:
Love All the Local Places Grant

Program Description

The Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Grant Program awarded $25,000 via a partnership with a local 501c3 nonprofit to 30 communities across the state. The funds support small businesses that have been challenged by COVID-19 to change their business practices or to improve the external or internal features of their business.
Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association (FVDA) was awarded $25,000 through this program and will distribute the funds to businesses within its focus as a downtown organization.  FVDA will award net funds to the grantees after the cost of administration of the program is paid for from the award.

Eligibility
Eligible businesses will:
  • Have less than 50 employees
  • Apply for between $500- $2,500 in funding support
  • Complete their work within 6 months of being selected
  • Operate a brick-and-mortar business within Fuquay-Varina. Home-based or virtual business are excluded. Non-Profits and franchises are permitted.
  • Match Grant Funds 1:1

*As an organization focused on downtown, FVDA will prioritize applicants located in Downtown Districts (DC1/ DC2),  but any business in Fuquay-Varina may apply.

Applicants may submit questions to info@fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

Eligible uses for the funds fall into two categories:

COVID-19 Reimbursement (Approximately 20% of the grants will be awarded in this category)

Business owners interested in COVID-19 Reimbursement must provide evidence of expenses between March 2020-present due to changes in service, business practices, or physical location as a result of COVID-19 public health restrictions. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Offering new online purchasing services
  • Offering new drive-through services
  • Offering new delivery services
  • Making physical changes or additions to a business (buying additional seating outdoors, plexi-glass barriers, etc.)

*This grant is not intended to replace lost revenue due to staffing shortages or business closures, but to support the extra costs or physical changes of a business since COVID-19.

Business/Property Improvements (Approximately 80% of the grants will be awarded in this category)

Business owners interested in Business or Property Improvements must provide a proposed budget for projects to improve a business or property that will attract customers or help the business adapt to public health restrictions. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Making physical changes or additions to a business to adapt to COVID-19 (adding a drive-through window, buying additional seating outdoors.)
  • Making business or service changes to adapt to COVID-19
    • Online services
    • Drive-through services
    • Delivery services
  • Making physical changes or additions to improve the business
    • Internal business improvements (seating, decorations, sales equipment, etc.)
    • Other business improvements (creating an online presence, advertising, etc.)

*If the business owner does not own the property where they operate, they must include a letter of permission from the property owner for the work described. Any agreement about the work must be decided independently between the property and business owner.

Application Process

Interested business owners will complete an application that requires:

  • A summary of the business
  • How COVID-19 has impacted the business
  • How the funds will be used
  • How the funds help move your business forward

Applicants that choose to be reimbursed for previous COVID-19 related expenses must include receipts with the application. Applicants that choose new COVID-19 related business/property improvements will be responsible for paying the cost of the improvements and showing receipts and proof of the work before being reimbursed by FVDA. Applicants must check in with FVDA within 2 months and complete the work within 6 months. Reimbursement will be made within 30 days.

After the business submits their application by January 5, 2022, FVDA’s Independent Review Committee will review the applications and notify approved businesses by January 15, 2022. Note that a summary of the grants awarded will be included on the report filed with the grantor, Duke Energy Hometown Revitalization Small Business Grant.

Selection Criteria

In order to have an objective process for disbursement of grant funds, evaluation criteria have been set in place:

30% Purpose of Grant:  Clear statement of what funds will be used for, eligible uses, reference to COVID-19 resiliency as a major part of the grant

50% Need & Impact:  Description of need for the project, expected outcomes, and impact on Downtown Fuquay-Varina.

20% Completion & Communicativeness:  Completion of the application, complete and clear attachments to the application when requested.

*The Duke Energy Foundation and FVDA encourage small business owners of all business type, experience, and background to apply, including Women and Minority Owned businesses.

 

Apply Here

 

 

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q.  My business is not located downtown, can I still apply?
A. You do not have to be a downtown business to be eligible to apply.  As an organization focused on downtown, FVDA will prioritize applicants located in Downtown Districts (DC1/DC2), but any business in Fuquay-Varina may apply.

Q. What does “Match Grant Funds 1:1” mean?
A.  The grant will reimburse $500-$2500
Example:
Total project cost: $5,000
Property owner/tenant share:   $2,500
Grant program share:               $2,500
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Total project:                          $5,000
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Total project cost may exceed programs portion – project grant will receive no more than the determined grant amount ($500-$2500)

Q. When will the grant be awarded?
A. Approved businesses will be notified by January 15th.  If the application was submitted for COVID-19 Reimbursement, checks will processed in 7-10 days from notification.  Applicants that choose COVID-19 related Business/Property improvements projects will be responsible for paying the cost of the improvements and then showing receipts and proof of the work before being reimbursed by FVDA. Applicants must check in with FVDA within 2 months and complete the work within 6 months. Reimbursement will be made within 30 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat Downtown – Friday October 29th

Trick or Treat Downtown – Friday October 29th

Trick or Treat in Downtown is a Free annual event sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and participating Downtown Businesses.
Held from 2-5 because the largest number of businesses are able to participate and welcome trick or treaters. Families are invited to dress up their ghosts and goblins and visit the businesses in both downtown districts. Look for the sign “Trick or Treat Here!”

ProTips:
Want ALL of the treats? Visit both districts: Fuquay on Main St & Varina on Broad St!
Little trek for little tricksters: Visit Varina district first and walk both sides of Broad St. for approx 20 Trick or Treat spots
Treats Galore for kids who can walk a little more: Visit Fuquay district on Main and side streets for approx 50 Trick or Treat spots
The event is Rain or Shine. Thanks to FVPD for providing support for the safety of pedestrians.
Fuquay Feast + Frolic

Fuquay Feast + Frolic

We’ve had to cancel our annual fundraising event Dinner on Depot Street not once, but twice! So we asked our brewery and restaurant partners to help create something new and invite the town to Feast + Frolic during this restaurant and brewery week!
🔸Support local businesses when you dine in or order out.
🔸Bid on amazing NC experiences in our online auction.
Featuring:
🍺A limited release collaboration beer from Fuquay’s local breweries.
🍴Lunch & Dinner specials from your favorite places to eat Downtown. Contact businesses for specific offerings.
🎁Auction Items curated to help you experience your favorite spots across NC! This is a favorite part of the Dinner on Depot event and we can’t wait for you to see what you can bid on!
Save the date and set up your online auction account. Bidding begins Sat, Sep 25th – ends Sun, Oct 3rd. https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=22167
Auction proceeds benefit the nonprofit Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association.
En Plein Air Art Walk and Auction

En Plein Air Art Walk and Auction

The auction site is LIVE and the finished paintings are available to view at the Art Walk Locations. https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=22167
Thanks to the artists, sponsors, and businesses that have helped make the 10th annual event possible!
🎉Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place: Lyudmila Tomova-“Happy Friday at Aviator”
2nd Place: Jermaine Powell- “Community”
3rd Place & People’s Choice: Shirley Hunsberger- “Dinner on Depot”
See all of the finished paintings on display during the Art Walk, now through Sat, May 1st. Visit with artists during the Meet & Greet: Sat, May 1st from 11am-2pm as artists are available.
Art Walk Locations:
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center
KnB’s Marketplace
Family Optical
The Mill
Ashworth’s Clothing
Magnolia House
The Shoppes on Main
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the En Plein Air Paint-Off! Enjoy the beauty of this year’s collection during the Art Walk and bid on your favorites!
Artists Paint: Sat-Sun April 23-24
Follow our social media as we check in with artists while they work.
Art Walk: Thur-Sat April 29-May 1
Art will be on display at several locations in #FVDowntown.
Auction: Ends May 1st at 8:00PM
Create your account now and be ready to bid when the art comes in! We’ll upload photos as soon as we can.
https://www.biddingowl.com/FuquayVarinaDowntownAssoc