Revitalizing Delaware’s Downtowns

Delaware understands the contributions your small business makes to the revitalization of a community.

The Delaware Economic Development Office encourages you to see how your entrepreneurism and innovation can have a positive impact on Delaware’s historic downtowns.

Downtown Delaware is a resource center within the Delaware Economic Development Office that aims to educate business owners on business development, vacancy reduction, and proactive planning for selection and placement of retail goods and services in commercial business districts throughout Delaware.

Neighborhood Building Blocks

The board of directors of the Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund invites submission of applications that will most effectively target $3.7 million in community revitalization grants.

Grant application may be downloaded here.

Dates for submission of NBBF Grant for first round of applications: Now – December 19, 2016.

Review of applications is anticipated to take place through January 2017.

Public board meeting to discuss and aware first round grants: Anticipated February 2017.

NOTE: Please check this website periodically for updates.

Other Information:

Several public meetings were held during the month of September:

To view the NBBF presentation for the workshops, click here.

A summary of the workshops and written comments as well as information regarding the application process (when available) and the next NBBF meeting may be found here.

For NBBF regulations, click here.

Questions may be directed to Diane Laird at or by calling 302-577-8477.