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Downtown Hawkinsville businesses could improve their storefronts

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Businesses in downtown Hawkinsville might be able to get some money to improve their storefronts.

The Hawkinsville Downtown Development Authority is accepting applications for a new round of facade grants and loans to downtown businesses and property owners, according to a news release.

Businesses may apply for a $1,500 grant and up to an $8,500 loan to help improve their storefronts. The loans are at no interest, with a minimum payment of $75 a month with a loan period of no more than 60 months. The payment can be added to the city utility bills each month.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Jan. 13. Grants and loans will be awarded in late January. About $22,000 will be available for this round of funding. During 2016, the authority awarded 28 grants and loans totaling $59,031.

Eligible projects include painting, cleaning of storefronts, awnings, signs, display areas and exterior lighting. For guidelines or applications, go to www.Hawkinsville-Pulaski.org, and go to the links at the top of the site.

For more information or to pick up or drop off an application, contact Donna Rickerson of the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce located in the Opera House in Hawkinsville or call 478-783-1717.

Linda S. Morris: 478-744-4223, @MidGaBiz

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