Applications For Grant Programs Now Open, Local Nebraska Main Street Award Honorees Highlighted

WAYNE – A pair of grant programs through the U.S. Small Business Association were highlighted on the ‘View from Wayne America’ in late April along with several businesses, individuals, projects and activities that contribute to the economic vitality of downtown business districts from the northeast Nebraska city were again recognized.

Executive Director with Wayne Area Economic Development, Luke Virgil joined Dan Baddorf on April 28.

The first grant program that Virgil went over was the Shuttered Venue Operators grant, which is a part of the second wave of funds through the stimulus from the federal level.

“It is specific to venues that have had loss of revenue throughout the pandemic,” said Virgil. “We’re talking like if you’re a theatre or if you’re a live concert event venue. But if you think you qualify and you have questions, give us a call and we’ll try and work through that with you.”

Grant applications opened on Monday, April 26 and you’ll need to move quickly.

Also, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund was another grant program that was highlighted.

“The classifications for restaurants are much broader than just the word restaurant,” Virgil added. “That’s why I really emphasize if you think you might qualify, check out the website and look at all the different eligible entities that are on the list.”

Applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund opened on Monday, May 3.

Wayne is also an affiliate community of the Nebraska Main Street Program and several awards were issued in Wayne.

The 1912 City Hall in Wayne garnered the Adaptive Re-use Project award; the illuminated City Mural in Wayne was tabbed the Public Improvement Project of the Year while Swan’s for Men in Wayne tied with Double Dips Ice Cream in North Platte for the Commercial Interior Improvement award.

Individually, Mike Powicki with Revitalize Wayne joined Patty Olson of Tekamah and the Downtown Association Board in North Platte as the Volunteer of the Year. Johnnie Byrd Brewing in Wayne was also tabbed Business of the Year along with The Cedar Room in North Platte and Tekamah Works in Tekamah.

Honorable mentions were awarded to the Mineshaft Mall and W.W. Galore in Wayne for their adaptive reuse projects.

“Yes, very big congratulations to everybody,” Virgil added. “Very excited about that. I think we will be presenting the formal awards for all of these folks and all of these businesses at the annual banquet.”

Elizabeth Chase, Statewide Director for the Nebraska Main Street program will be attending the annual banquet on Sunday, May 23 to hand out these awards.

Contact the WAED office at 402-375-2240 for more information.