Supporting East End Entrepreneur Development (SEED) Program
SEED Business Video
The SEED Program was created through a partnership between Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Bon Secours Richmond Health System to help revitalize the 25th Street corridor in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. The program, which launched in 2011, provides up to $25,000 in grant money to individuals looking to either expand or start a business. By focusing on bringing businesses to the Church Hill area, the SEED Program not only helps business owners launch a new business, but it also brings commerce to Church Hill and creates more job opportunities for residents. Pictured right, SEED winners Phillip Perrow, Michelle Shriver and Caleb Shriver, owners of Stroop’s, a hot dog restaurant.
SEED Round 6 is officially underway! This round of SEED will focus specifically on the 25th Street corridor from O Street to Nine Mile Rd. Businesses looking to move into a storefront on those blocks or entrepreneurs already on those blocks that are looking to expand their business will receive priority in the program. Below is the application.
2017 SEED Application
6 BIZ – Six Points Business Improvement Grants
Virginia LISC is excited to announce an improvement initiative for the Six Points Commercial area in Highland Park. LISC and Storefront for Community Design are partnering with designers from Timmons Group and Baskervill to help businesses and residents envision real improvements to Six Points . The enhancement plan will propose a cohesive identity for the district and make recommendations for façade and street improvements including landscaping, street furniture, and signage. LISC will help implement a few early action projects recommended in the plan.
One of the major goals of the plan is to inspire new ideas for the facades of buildings along Brookland Park Blvd. and Meadow Bridge Road in Highland Park. To implement some of the façade improvements envisioned in the enhancement plan, LISC has partnered with Capital One and launched a small business grant program for existing businesses in the area. Businesses applied for $5,000 – $10,000 grants to help supplement funds from the City’s Commercial Area Revitalization Effort (CARE) program. Applications were due April 1. For more information, contact Ebony Walden from LISC @ 804-505- 4697 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six BIZ Application
Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs)
Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are LISC’s primary vehicle used to help families achieve economic stability. Based on the Center for Working Families model created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Financial Opportunity Centers focus on improving the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income families. Financial Opportunity Centers provide services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access.
Virginia LISC brought the first Financial Opportunity Center to Virginia in 2012. Richmond’s Financial Opportunity Center is housed in Greater Fulton’s Neighborhood Resource Center and is called NRC Works. In its first year of operation, NRC Works served 212 people with bundled services.
Virginia LISC launched a second Financial Opportunity Center in Richmond’s Northside in early 2016. it is located at the Partnership for Families building (800 West Graham Road) and is run by HumanKind’s Ways to Work program and overseen by Virginia LISC.
Virginia LISC launched another Financial Opportunity Center in Petersburg in 2016 as well. The Petersburg Financial Opportunity Center is located at Pathways (1200 W Washington St, Petersburg).
FOC Brochure 2016
In Petersburg, Virginia LISC is involved with the targeted initiative of Poplar Lawn. The Poplar Lawn initiative is a project that Virginia LISC, the Cameron Foundation and the city are partnering on to revitalize housing in the historic neighborhood of Poplar Lawn.