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Authority still accepting applications for grant
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The Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority is still accepting applications to award grants to businesses within Dawsonville that promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities.

The authority included a $25,000 grant opportunity as a part of its 2017 budget, and is accepting applications through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Applications are available at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and the authority is expected to vote to award the funds during its May 8 and June 12 meetings, pending applications that are due to be turned in to the city before the end of the day on May 1 and June 5, a week before each development authority meeting.

"It's an honor to be part of the grant process that will be available for the local businesses and future business owners of Dawsonville Downtown Development areas," said authority spokeswoman Seanie Zappendorf. "We hope to continue to assist in the revitalization of the downtown area and see more businesses succeed here."

Previous recipients of the grant include Mill Creek Environmental, Soul Sisters Antiques and Home Décor and Outside the Line! Art Studio.

"[I hope] that this grant and other underused grants and loans the city has, such as the Dawsonville Downtown Revitalization Revolving Loan Fund, will be used by more businesses once word gets out that they are available," Zappendorf said.

For businesses that are interested in assistance but do not qualify for the grant, the Dawsonville Downtown Revitalization Revolving Loan Fund is offered interest free for the first year, and low interest if not paid off after first year, for those wanting to improve the facade of their businesses. The fund can also be applied for at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.