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(Ocean Springs, MS) – The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, in partnership with the Mississippi Power Foundation, is pleased to announce the return of the Façade Grant Improvement Program this summer. The program aims to support growth and revitalization of existing commercial properties in downtown Ocean Springs from Ocean Springs Road to Front Beach and the downtown district area. The grant program will help business owners restore, improve, or create architectural features for facades of commercial buildings in the approved area.

“Small businesses are our bread and butter, and we want to see them thrive,” says Cynthia Sutton, President & CEO of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “This is a way to help lift our small businesses up and give them a hand with building projects. It is also a great form of beautification that can help attract more tourism.”

With a total of $30,000 in funding, the Ocean Springs Main Street Design Committee will award funds according to application guidelines. Eligible activities include cleaning, painting, brickwork repair, lighting awnings and canopies, signage, murals, doors, windows, ironwork, and original architectural features. Applicants must be located within the Ocean Springs Main Street District and Mississippi Power service area, be a current member of the Ocean Springs Chamber-Main Street, and the property must be up to date on all city and county taxes and building codes. This area includes those located downtown or on Bienville Blvd to Ocean Springs Road.

“We saw tremendous results last year from the entrepreneurs that received a Façade Improvement Grant,” said Mississippi Power Jackson County Area Manager Lynne Turner. “We’re excited to once again offer this opportunity to beautify Ocean Springs, support these small business owners and attract more visitors to the area.”

The application process opens to the public Tuesday, June 18, and will close on Friday, July 26, 2024. Interested businesses can review the grant program guidelines at oceanspringschamber.com or by emailing mail@oceanspringschamber.com. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on July 26 to be considered for the 2024 façade grant program. 

For more information on the Ocean Springs Main Street façade grant program, please call us at 228-875-4424.

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ABOUT OCEAN SPRINGS MAIN STREET

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is a three-tier, non-profit organization created in 1947 that promotes tourism, preservation, community vitality and local culture. In 1989, Ocean Springs became a national main street community. Today, the Ocean Springs Chamber– Main Street – Tourism Bureau located in the heart of downtown not only serves to promote and preserve, but also informs as the official town visitors center. Ocean Springs Main Street is a recipient of the 2013 Great American Main Street Award and voted as “One of America’s Most Charming Main Streets” for 2024.