CHIPLEY - The Chipley Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is reopening two grants for property improvement.
The CRA Special Improvement Grant reopened yesterday after residents reported having trouble finding two licensed contractors to submit bids as required by the application.
The grant, which provides 90% of funding, up to $1,000, for residential properties, is intended to help cover facade improvements such as painting and awning and door replacements for homes within the CRA district.
"Five people submitted documentation, but unfortunately, no one qualified because they couldn't get two bids," said CRA Administrative Assistant Chris MacBlain. "What we're hearing is that local contractors didn't feel the amount of money was worth submitting a bid."
CRA members are considering changing the program requirements to make the projects more attractive to licensed contractors.
Applications for the grant are being accepted now and will continue through August 31.
A $6,000 grant for commercial property is also up for grabs, but MacBlain reports she's given a few applications out but hasn't received any back.
The grant is geared toward making electrical improvements for businesses within the CRA district.
The CRA district runs through the core of downtown and in northeast Chipley.
CRA members are also planning a trip to Mossy Head this month to visit a splash pad . Board members hope to place a similar attraction at Gilmore Park on Church Avenue for local children to enjoy.
For more information on the CRA, contact the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at 638-4157.