Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program
The Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program provides financial assistance to neighborhood retail businesses, restaurants and merchants in Cleveland. Locally-owned businesses that will upgrade the exterior and interior appearance of their storefronts can benefit from the program. Private developers with retail projects, restaurants/cafes and merchants are eligible to apply. Eligible activities are exterior and interior building improvements, landscaping, exterior lighting, fencing, signage, acquisition of equipment, furniture & fixtures and public art.
For complete program details and eligibility requirements, please download the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program brochure.
To apply please fill out our application.
Success Story: Bloom Bakery
Great things are happening at Bloom Artisan Bakery & Café, where "Creating jobs is their secret ingredient."
Bloom Bakery is a public benefit corporation owned by Towards Employment, Inc—whose mission is to train and place individuals with barriers to employment (the homeless and those who were recently incarcerated) as well as low-income and disadvantaged adults, into full-time employment with Bloom Bakery.
In spring 2016, the organization opened two new artisan bakeries in downtown Cleveland: one at 200 Public Square and the other at 1938 Euclid Avenue across from the Cleveland State University Campus. Total project costs for both projects were $380,000 and $265,000 respectively.
The bakery offers various fresh baked handcrafted treats such as croissants, bagels, brioches, cookies, muffins, sticky buns and healthy breads while also providing a great lunchtime menu selection. Bloom Bakery uses top-of-the-line baking techniques from European artisan bakery specialist Maurice Chaplais.
The City of Cleveland assisted both projects with funding under the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program (“NRAP”) in the form of two loans, both in the amount of $40,000. The NRAP funds were used to assist with construction & renovation, equipment acquisition, and other project costs related to opening the new full service bakery. Bloom Bakery will create at least 6 new full-time equivalent jobs at each location as a result of both projects.