Our vision for more vibrant street-level businesses continues with the next phase of the Vibrant Spaces℠ program.

The Downtown Norfolk Council awards matching grants to both new and existing businesses that create a vibrant Downtown. Submit your best, most exciting ideas to help define the neighborhood and activate your space and if selected, we’ll cover up to 50% of your project costs, up to $10,000 per business.

What's eligible for a Vibrancy Grant? In the past, the DNC has funded outdoor dining furniture, exterior lighting, unique business signage, roll-up garage doors, planters, storefront window displays and other exterior enhancements. For examples of past awards and the businesses that received funding, please visit Vibrant Spaces.

Download the grant guidelines and application here.

Matching Grant Opportunity for Restaurants

As part of the OpenNorfolk program to assist local businesses in re-opening safely under state COVID restrictions, DNC is extending the Vibrancy Grant program to help fund retail and restaurant operations, or streateries, in the public right of way. The Streatery Program allows for businesses to take advantage of the outdoors by creating dining areas along the street in rented parking spaces. Restaurants can purchase a commercial streatery, build their own, or hire a contractor to build one based on pre-approved designs. Through the Vibrancy Grant program, a matching grant of up to $5,000 can be used to purchase materials, furniture, landscaping or other costs associated with outdoor dining in the street.

Please click here for the Vibrancy Grant application.