Donate Now - Make It Monticello

This is how you can help the small businesses of Monticello and surrounding communities!!  Donate to the Small Business Micro-Grant Program!
The statistics are staggering for small businesses following natural disasters: according to FEMA, roughly 40-60% of small businesses that close after a disaster never reopen
A survey of our own community showed that 61% of our businesses have lost over 50% of their revenue and 36% more than 75%.  If this only goes on 1-2 more months 27% of the business are at risk of closure, but if it goes on 3-5 months 54% of the businesses are at risk!
Our local businesses are the heart and soul of this community.  People come to the Monticello area for the unique products and services they provide.  We need our local businesses to survive this shut-down!!  Each dollar spent at a local, independent business returns 50 times more money to the local economy than shopping at a mega e-retailer.  These small businesses provide the community with good jobs, quality service and the character that makes Monticello feel like home.
Donate now to provide a small grant program to help our own businesses make it through this unprecidented time!

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Learn About Facade Improvement

Monticello Main Street and the City of Monticello have teamed up for the past 19 years to offer Facade Improvement Matching Grants to Monticello businesses. To date there have been over $1.1 million of improvement to building facades due to this program.

Monticello Main Street administers the program and offers design assistance, while the City of Monticello provides the funding. The purpose of the grants is to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of Monticello's commercial and business facades located in the historic downtown.

There is a $3,000 maximum per grant which must be matched by the applicants. The total grant amount for each fiscal year is limited, so the grants will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis and will be limited to one application per business per fiscal year. Following is the the formal description and application for the Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program and a link to the actual application form which you can print out.


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Don’t forget that it’s Monticello Farmers' Market day!!! Someone has “relocated” many of our signs around town, we don’t want anyone to miss out! We have a full lineup again this week!!


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