In April, 2021, Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. was awarded $50,000 from the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The grant is part of the Supporting Elm and Main Street (SEAM) Grant program created to support community revitalization organizations that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.
SEAM provides financial assistance to community revitalization organizations dedicated to community and economic development in older and historic downtowns, commercial districts, and neighborhoods according to the principles of the Elm Street and Main Street approaches. The program, supported by Keystone Communities funding, is intended to assist Elm Street and Main Street organizations that have been economically impacted by COVID-19.
“Our Main Street and Elm Street programs are crucial partners in sustaining the quality of life, economic vitality, and community values that we have all come to rely on. They are the boots-on-the-ground technical service provider, and the convener and coordinator that unite the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in our communities. Throughout the commonwealth, our programs have continued to act with ingenuity and resourcefulness – building innovative partnerships and creative solutions every day, but particularly since the pandemic,” said Julie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Downtown Center.
DSI had to cancel their two annual fundrasiers, Kielbasi Festival and Heritage Day in 2020 and the Kielbasi Festival in Spring 2021. While some of their efforts have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am grateful they received the money, said State Representative, Tim Twarkdik.
Executive Director, Susan Williams commented she and the entire DSI organization is thankful for the additional funding. "We are very appreciative and will use the funding to take the place of substantial losses we experienced from canceling our major fund raising events," she said. "This funding will allow us to continue with our ongoing efforts to revitalize our community."