• Kingsport Chamber & DKA News Release - Grant Program Announced for Kingsport Restaurants

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    January 22, 2021
    Kingsport Chamber
    Downtown Kingsport Association
    Friday, January 22, 2021                                                                                       
    For Immediate Release                                                                                              
    Bob Feagins
    Executive Director of Communications & Development
    Kingsport Chamber
    Office: (423) 392-8815
    Mobile: (423) 967-8839
    Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grant program announced for Kingsport restaurants
    Funds set to help Kingsport restaurants affected by COVID-19
    The Kingsport Chamber and Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) announced today a new mini grant program aimed at supporting Kingsport restaurants and food/beverage businesses impacted by COVID-19.
    Funded by the Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB) and administered by the Kingsport Chamber, the Kingsport Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grant Fund will assist with expenses to restaurants looking to enhance or expand their outdoor dining options or establish an outdoor dining area.
    A total of $45,000 is available in the program.  Up to approximately $5,000 in grant funds could be available for a restaurant to assist in supporting its outdoor dining options. 
    An independent panel consisting of three local business leaders will review the applications and award the grant monies. 
    Former Kingsport Mayor, small business owner and Kingsport Chamber Lifetime Member Dennis Phillips and Kingsport Chamber President and CEO Miles Burdine are assisting the panel with the process as both know the challenges and struggles being faced by restaurants.
    “This pandemic has caused many challenges for several of our small businesses, especially our restaurants,” Phillips said.  “We are happy to be able to offer these funds that will hopefully provide some support for these businesses during this difficult time.  Grants are awarded up to approximately $5,000, with extenuating circumstances being considered.”
    Recognizing that outdoor dining has become critical during the pandemic, the monies are intended to help restaurants create, enhance or expand their outdoor dining features.

    Examples of eligible equipment purchases include: tables, chairs, umbrellas, heaters, tents, greenhouse/igloo installations, patio enclosure panels, lighting, electrical, etc.
    The grant application can be found at the Kingsport Chamber’s website at KingsportChamber.org.

    Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021.

    Questions regarding the application should be directed Stephanie Hernandez, Kingsport Chamber member events director, at (423) 392-8805 or shernandez@kingsportchamber.org.
    “Hopefully these grants will provide some much needed assistance to our local restaurants,” Phillips added.  “This is a test program and, if it goes well, future funds could possibly be available.  As always, we continue to encourage everyone to support these local businesses.”
    Downtown Kingsport Association
    The Downtown Kingsport Association is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Kingsport.  The organization’s purpose is to promote Downtown Kingsport as the heart of the community, strengthen its economic viability by encouraging growth and diversity among businesses, and restore its unique history characteristics and beauty.  To learn more about the Downtown Kingsport Association, visit www.downtownkingsport.org.
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations:  the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Downtown Kingsport Association; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport, PEAK Young Professionals and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, our Twitter account, @kptchamber, on Instagram or our YouTube channel.