PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has presented grants to 20 small businesses.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1exz2dm ) the $2,500 grants are part of the 2014 facade grant program, designed to encourage business owners to improve their storefronts' curb appeal.
Chamber President Carla Todd said Tuesday this is the first year of the facade grant program and this will help businesses repair damage from past storms.
She said the chamber did not receive federal or state funding after Hurricane Katrina, so this is their way to contribute to restoration efforts.
Todd said Chevron's Pascagoula Refinery donated $50,000, and other partners donated as well. She says the chamber received 46 applications.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com