First Impressions Grant
The First Impressions Grants are provided to support community improvement projects within Choctaw County. The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce administers the First Impressions Grant Program with the support of the Choctaw County Economic Development District.
Qualified applicants must clearly demonstrate a community improvement mission or goal. Eligible applicants may include, but are not limited to, 501(c)3 organizations, school organizations religious organizations, sub-division of the government of the State of Mississippi and civic and veteran groups.
The following types of projects are eligible for funding assistance, but are not limited to the following: community beautification and enhancement projects; building repair/renovation and landscaping enhancements of facilities serving the community; community garden, park and playground projects; and community clean up initiatives. Please review the application package to find items ineligible for funding.
This grant program is strictly an expense reimbursement program and should not be viewed as a loan program. The maximum single grant to be awarded is $3,300. Applicants must provide matching funds and receipts for the project at a minimum of 30% of the total cost of the project.
Below is the timeline for administering the 2017 First Impressions Grants:
April 27 – Applications available at the Chamber of Commerce Office
May 31 – Applications due to the Chamber of Commerce office by 4 p.m.
July 20 – Qualified applicants receiving grant funds will be notified.
January 5, 2018 – All projects must be completed by January 5, with request for reimbursement submitted to the Chamber of Commerce office by 4 p.m.
The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce is working on creating new and improved programs for 2017. More details will be added soon.