Have you heard about Raleigh's Building Up-fit Grant? Want to learn more about the businesses, and the projects, that have received funding? Here are two personal stories from grant recipients who have completed the application process, been awarded a grant, completed their projects, and are open for business!
Current Wellness owners Brit Guerin and Nathan Williams completed a huge Building Up-fit Grant project in November 2020 for their center that focuses on mental and physical health. The project included:
- the demolition of the interior of the business located at 219 South East Street in downtown Raleigh,
- creation of a patio located at the front of the building that provides space for special events and includes wood pavers, planters, herbs, and vegetables.
The all-glass patio door was designed to provide curb appeal and natural light for classes. The glass doors open which have been beneficial during the pandemic because they allow air in on nice days.
When asked about the Building Up-fit Grant process, Nathan said it was laid out well and it was easy to understand what kind of projects would be most supported by the city. It’s important for applicants to consider how the project benefits the community and what wouldn’t be possible otherwise. That it is a chance to think boldly and broadly. What pieces encompass those values? Inclusivity. Welcoming. Inviting.
With backgrounds in fitness, counseling, and adventure, and outdoor recreation, Nathan and Brit wanted to create a space that fuses physical and mental health by taking a holistic approach. After attending a District C community meeting with Mayor Pro Tem Branch to learn what the community could benefit from most, Brit and Nathan established a pay it forward fund. The fund allows for folks to contribute to the cost of services for others. The fund has been used to provide sliding scale counseling services to those in need. Current Wellness also collaborates with Camden Street Learning Garden which provides garden space to the east Raleigh neighborhood. The garden provides fruits and vegetables to those who live close by.
Greater Love Church Business Center
Greater Love Church is located in the heart of southeast Raleigh located at 2421 Timber Drive. With help from the Building Up-fit Grant, Bishop Spencer, and his wife Victoria, created the Greater Love Church Business Center to fill a need in the community. The space, which is currently 100% occupied, is available for both church members and the Raleigh community at an affordable rate. Cost is dependent on the number of square feet a business rents. Over 30 jobs have been created since its opening in the Fall of 2020. Thanks to the success of the current location, Greater Love Church has the desire to expand to other locations in Raleigh, Greenville, and Rocky Mount.
Businesses currently operating out of the Greater Love Church Business Center include three personal care providers, five home healthcare providers, an insurance agency, and an accountant.
About the Building Up-fit Grant
The City of Raleigh's Building Up-fit Grant encourages growth and development by assisting property and small business owners with improvements, renovations, and/or additions to their commercial property. The Building Up-fit Grant cycle is open through Friday, Feb. 5.