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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.

UrbanMain Steering Committee: Meet Jhimae Brock

UrbanMain Steering Committee member Jhimae Brock.

Meet UrbanMain Steering Committee member Jhimae Brock. She’ll participate in a new partnership between DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown and Missouri Main Street Connection to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Downtown Dutchtown. 

I work at Dutchtown South Community Corporation. I enjoy meeting with Downtown Dutchtown residents, and I’m excited to see the progress of neighborhood vitality in the area. 

If you’d like to help Jhimae and the rest of the UrbanMain Steering Committee to strengthen Downtown Dutchtown, please take our survey. It takes just a few minutes to tell us what you think about Downtown Dutchtown today and tell us what you’d like to see in the future.

Take our survey

We’ll be introducing more UrbanMain Steering Committee members over the next several days. Come back to dutchtownstl.org to meet them!

UrbanMain Steering Committee: Meet Ann Smart

UrbanMain Steering Committee member Ann Smart.

Meet UrbanMain Steering Committee member Ann Smart. She’ll participate in a new partnership between DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown and Missouri Main Street Connection to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Downtown Dutchtown. 

“I am a longtime homeowner in Dutchtown. I have served on the boards of DT2 and Dutchtown South Community Corporation. Professionally, I am a Lead Business Analyst, working in software development. I love Dutchtown because of the diversity, architecture, location, value, and most importantly, the community.”

If you’d like to help Ann and the rest of the UrbanMain Steering Committee to strengthen Downtown Dutchtown, please take our survey. It takes just a few minutes to tell us what you think about Downtown Dutchtown today and tell us what you’d like to see in the future.

Take our survey

We’ll be introducing more UrbanMain Steering Committee members over the next several days. Come back to dutchtownstl.org to meet them!

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!

Last evening DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown hosted our first in-person After Hours event in several months with the Havana’s Cuisine food truck parked at the Neighborhood Innovation Center. In spite of the drizzly weather, we had an excellent turnout and a ton of fun. There were Cuban sandwiches and empanandas, music and dancing, giveaways of Dutchtown Proud yard signs and gift cards to Original Crusoe’s, and community building.

We asked that our visitors wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. We couldn’t have received better support and cooperation.

We saw lots of familiar faces and lots of new faces — well, just eyes, mostly. But it was still great to see neighbors for the first time since COVID-19 shut us in for what seems like months on end.

Neighborhood photographer Chip Smith of Cross Grand captured all the beautiful masked faces in portrait form and has shared his photos with us. It will probably be very strange to look back on these photos in the future, but we’ll still be able to see a resilient bunch of neighbors who turn out and support each other during tough times.

Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
Dutchtown neighbors wearing masks at DT2 After Hours in Downtown Dutchtown. Photo by Chip Smith of Cross Grand.
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