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Last Friday, the Dutchtown Movie Night series got off to a unique start in the parking lot of Habitat for Humanity. Dozens of Dutchtown neighbors gathered for the ’90s summer classic Independence Day.

While last year’s summer series was entirely in Marquette Park, doing a drive-in movie in June allowed for better social distancing while the city still has limitations on outdoor events.

Dutchtown Movie Night will return to Marquette Park outside the Field House on Saturday, June 25th. More details on the movie night will be released next week. Watch this spot.

Marquette Park Planning Project

If you were at the drive-in movie, you may have seen the engagement display from PGAV Planners. PGAV will be working with Dutchtown South Community Corporation this summer on a planning document to guide the future of investment in Marquette Park.

Interested in getting involved with the Marquette Park planning project?  Take the survey to let the planners know what you would like to see next at Marquette Park. You can also learn more about Allies of Marquette Park and join them to build a stronger future for Marquette Park.

Downtown Dutchtown, in partnership with the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, seeks a self-motivated community builder to become the first Dutchtown Growth Manager. This position will assist Downtown Dutchtown and the Dutchtown Community Improvement District with managing new efforts under Missouri Main Street Connection’s UrbanMain Pilot Program that will be implemented in Dutchtown.

Find out more about the Dutchtown Growth Manager position.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

The DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown summer movie series is back in 2020! We’re kicking things off with a special drive-in movie event at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis to promote safe community building and social distancing.

Join us on Friday, June 26th! Our drive-in movie night will feature the classic summer blockbuster Independence Day starring Will Smith.

Downtown Dutchtown Drive-In Movie featuring Independence Day.

The lot will open at 7:30pm. Get your spot early and catch sponsor previews, neighborhood community-building information, food trucks, and more!

Once the sun has set, the movie will be projected onto the side of Habitat’s building. Sound will be transmitted to your car’s FM radio, just tune in.

There’s a Facebook event page if you’d like to share with your friends and neighbors. You can also go to dutchtownstl.org/movienight for info on this event and others scheduled for the rest of the summer.

Thank you to our sponsors who make this event and the Downtown Dutchtown Summer Movie Series possible: Dutchtown South Community Corporation, Dutchtown Community Improvement District, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, and Lutheran Development Group.

In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled. Visit dutchtownstl.org/movienight for updates.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

The City of St. Louis has established a Small Business Grant Fund of $4 million to assist small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Grants up to $5,000 are available.

Half of the available grant money is reserved for businesses in Opportunity Zones or Neighborhood Revitalization Stabilization Areas. Most of Greater Dutchtown lies within one or both of these zones.

Funding priority is given to businesses unable to operate or operating at reduced capacity during the COVID-19 crisis.

Grant Application Assistance

It’s important to apply early! The grant committee will begin meeting on June 10th to disperse funds.

To help Dutchtown small businesses apply for these grants, volunteers from DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown will be at the Neighborhood Innovation Center, 3207 Meramec, on Saturday, June 6th from 9am to 5pm.

Make sure to come prepared with your business’s federal employee identification number (FEIN), or your Social Security number if you don’t have an FEIN.

We’ll try to help as many walk-in applicants as possible, but you can also make an appointment:

Schedule Appointment

Downtown Dutchtown and its affiliates and volunteers do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Businesses should consult their own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before applying if they have specific questions about the grant requiring professional expertise.

If you’d like to share information about DT2’s grant assistance event with other business owners, send them to dutchtownstl.org/grants or share the event on Facebook.

If you prefer to apply for the grant on your own, you can apply on the city’s website. Applications are currently being accepted.

Grant Requirements

There are several criteria to be eligible for the grant. The following types of businesses are not eligible for grants:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Law firms and attorneys
  • Physicians, dentists, surgeons, optometrists, chiropractors, and veterinarians
  • Insurance brokers and agents
  • Real estate brokers and sales agents
  • Architects, engineers, and land surveyors
  • Nursing homes

Your business must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have had 25 or fewer employees as of March 19th, 2020
  • Have had a valid City of St. Louis Business License as of March 19th, 2020
  • Be current on all payments to the City of St. Louis Collector of Revenue (property taxes, earnings taxes, water bill, etc.)
  • Not have received federal COVID-19 funding through the Small Business Administration including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
  • Have closed or have been significantly impacted as a result of COVID-19 and/or the City’s “Stay Home – Essential Activities Only Order, Health Commissioner’s Order No. 5
  • Have no conflicts of interest, i.e. no City of St. Louis employees, elected or appointed officials, or their immediate family)
  • Does not discriminate per City of St. Louis ordinances

To verify that your business is in good standing, you can call the License Collector’s office at (314) 622-4528. You can check the status of your earnings tax account with the Collector of Revenue at (314) 622-3291. The Collector’s office can also verify that your real estate tax, personal property tax, and water and refuse accounts are current. Call (314) 622-4111 for those inquiries.

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown is partnering with Missouri Main Street Connection on the UrbanMain pilot program. The initiative aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural ,and environmental well-being of Downtown Dutchtown. This pilot program will start with a focus on the area along Meramec between Grand and Broadway.

The process is just getting started. We need your input to gather information on your perceptions of and hopes for Downtown Dutchtown. If you’ve ever lived, worked, shopped, or visited Downtown Dutchtown, we’d love for you to complete our brief survey.

Take our survey

Keep in mind that when we talk about Downtown Dutchtown, we mean approximately about the area in the map below centered on Meramec Street. But these boundaries are fuzzy. Your answers can help us to more clearly define what our neighbors refer to as Downtown Dutchtown.

A map of the Downtown Dutchtown area.
The approximate location of Downtown Dutchtown.

Over the next several days we’ll also be introducing you to our steering committee, a handful of folks with personal and professional experience in Dutchtown. We’ll also have more announcements about UrbanMain events and programs in the Downtown Dutchtown area. Stay tuned!

This post originally appeared on DutchtownSTL.org.

Give STL Day is Thursday, May 7th. This year, we hope you’ll consider donating to DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown in support of their mission of building a stronger Dutchtown community.

We’ve got a couple of different ways you can give to DT2 for Give STL Day or any other day of the year.

Dutchtown Proud Signs

Dutchtown Proud sign overlooking Marquette Park and St. Anthony's steeples.

This year, in exchange for your donation, DT2 is offering new, eye-catching Dutchtown Proud yard signs! Show your neighborhood support to everyone passing your home.

These durable corrugated plastic signs cost about $5 each to produce. We ask you to donate what you can to help us cover costs. Anything additional goes straight to DT2’s efforts to create opportunity and prosperity for our neighbors.

To make your donation and request your sign, visit dutchtownstl.org/proud. You’ll be asked to name your price for the sign. You can then check out and pay via credit card or PayPal. We’ll deliver the sign to your doorstep as soon as possible.

Direct Donations

If you’d just like to make a straight donation to DT2, you can always go to dutchtownstl.org/donate and make your contribution via PayPal. We’ve also added a donation item to our DutchtownSTL Shop. Just tell us how much you’d like to contribute, then pay with credit card or Paypal.

If you prefer to donate via check, you can send your payment to:

DT2
3207 Meramec St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

More Dutchtown Organizations

Looking for additional neighborhood non-profits that could use your donation? Below are a few that are participating in Give STL Day. Click the links to be taken directly to their respective Give STL Day donation pages.