1. Swiss Bear, Inc. offers a Property Enhancement Grant to Greater Downtown commercial properties. There are three categories: façade (up to $2500); signage (up to $750); and landscaping (up to $500.) Businesses may apply for any and/or all of these categories.  The grant is a matching grant. The application deadline for spring 2019 is April 1. Please return your completed grant application by mail to Swiss Bear, Inc., PO Box 597, New Bern, NC 28563, or email it to director@swissbear.org. See application for further details.  Swiss Bear Property Enhancement Grant.
  2. The City of New Bern has a façade grant program that is eligible to commercial properties in certain economic districts of the City.  For more information about the City of New Bern Facade Grant Program contact the City of New Bern Development Services office at ( 252) 639-7586.
  3. Businesses in Greater Downtown New Bern are eligible to apply for the Main Street Solutions Fund grant. The purpose of the Solutions Fund is to provide maximum support to small businesses in designated North Carolina Main Street communities. Grant funds are used to assist planning agencies and small businesses with efforts to revitalize downtowns by creating jobs, funding infrastructure improvements and rehabilitating buildings.
  4. New Bern is part of the ElectriCities group. A benefit to being part of ElectriCities is that certain grant opportunities, including a facade grant, are available to Greater Downtown commercial properties.