The first recipients of a new grant to assist downtown Perry’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with funding needs were announced Friday. 

Davida’s Hair Salon and Tumblecheer Heroes were each notified that they will receive $1,000.   Davida’s grant will help with the cost of a new roof, while the grant to Tumblecheer Heroes will aid with the costs to update the business’ parking lot and building façade.

The recipients were surprised Friday afternoon with a big check presentation, balloons and community members who wanted to congratulate the recipients.

BOOST Downtown Perry is an investment group that provides grant funds to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the downtown development district.  Investors, known as BOOSTers, donate $100 twice a year to fund the program.  Perry Downtown Development Authority, the Economic Restructuring Committee of Perry’s Main Street program, oversees the program, and BOOSTers vote on applications.

Applicants may apply for funds for purchasing inventory, supplies, business equipment, marketing and advertising, interior and/or exterior renovations, a security system or eligible professional services.

BOOSTed businesses, those who received the crowd-funded, micro-grants, received a window cling to celebrate their participation in the program and to help publicize BOOST throughout the community. 

For more information, please, contact Perry Main Street Coordinator Catherine Edgemon at (478) 988-2758 or, or visit

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