The latest recipients of a crowd-funded grant to “boost” downtown Perry’s businesses have been announced.

BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides micro-grants to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.  Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate the program’s funds and vote on applications.

During the surprise notifications on June 1, Bodega Brew received a $900 grant to purchase a commercial blender to serve smoothies and frozen coffee beverages.

Cory Allen Jones received a $700 grant to purchase a commercial freezer to enable the business to serve ice cream sandwiches at its new in-store, sweet shop.

Summit Physical Therapy received a $1,000 grant to purchase a treadmill, which will facilitate a better assessment of a patient’s condition and assist the patient to make a fuller recovery.

These awards bring the total grants awarded to downtown Perry businesses to date to $9,400.  The program was established in 2015.

Previous recipients include Davida’s Hair Salon, Tumblecheer Heroes, Mia’s Skincare Salon, Liberty Tax Service, Gentry Downtown Market, Two of a Kind, Eyewear Boutique, Central Computer Services, Shirts Like Mine and Mossy Creek Soap.

Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, a security system or eligible professional services.  BOOST grants are awarded twice annually.

Perry Downtown Development Authority, the Economic Vitality Committee of Perry’s Main Street program, oversees the program.

For more information, please, contact Perry Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or catherine.edgemon@perry-ga.gov, or visit www.perry-ga.gov/economic-development/downtown-development-authority/boost-investment-group/.