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Carmichael Times

CID Announces New Mini-Grant Program for Small Businesses

Sep 23, 2020 12:00AM ● By By Rachael Taylor, Carmichael Improvement District

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - To address the ongoing pandemic and its effect on local businesses within the area, the Carmichael Improvement District (CID) board of directors has taken swift action to initiate a mini-grant program for businesses within the boundaries of the district, called The Envision Grant.

“Our small businesses are the heart and soul of our community and frankly, we don’t want to lose a single one due to this pandemic or otherwise,” says Executive Director of the CID, Rachael Taylor.

“We know so much more is needed, but this was the most actionable and simple way we could get started, by injecting cash directly into the business community.”

The Carmichael Improvement District is a Property Business Improvement District (PBID) formed in 2016 through a collective effort among property owners in the area, consisting of commercial properties along the greater Fair Oaks Boulevard corridor and more. The organization seeks to lead the transformation of Carmichael to a prosperous, engaged, and desirable community. They work every day to keep the community safe and clean in order to attract businesses and customers to the area.

“Only businesses within the boundaries of the district are eligible to apply for the grant,” Taylor explains, “due to the constraints of our funding mechanism through the PBID.”

The CID will award up to three (3) businesses within the boundaries of the district with mini-grants of $1,000 each by October 9, 2020. Recipients will also receive a waiver of the one-time application fee to join the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce membership, as an incentive to further engage and benefit from our local business community.

Prospective applicants are urged to visit the organization’s website for the application and for more information, rules, and links to boundary maps at