Kern County Planning department is making available again the RENEWBIZ grant in 2014, available to businesses in Mojave for exterior improvements. The grant is available to all businesses and nonprofit organizations in Mojave’s “visioning” area downtown. The grants are awarded up to $10,000, and businesses can apply for multiple grants. Eligible projects could include: signs, painting, landscaping, awnings, fencing, windows, façade improvements, and infrastructure upgrades.
Many businesses in Mojave have already received grants awarded in 2013, including T&R Hobbies and the thrift shop building on Sierra Highway, and the Assemblies of God church on M Street. Last year, Kern County awarded grants to 100% of the applicants from Mojave, and The Mojave Foundation strongly encourages business owners to fill out the application this year. The Chamber of Commerce will be offering workshops on how to fill out the grant application. Email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
USDA Home Repair Grant & Loan Program
USDA Home Repair Program The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a housing grant up to $7,500 for Kern County residents who are (a) low income, (b) own their own home, and (c) at least 62 years old. Qualified recipients must use licensed contractors, and use the money for home repairs such as broken windows, roofing, and health & safety upgrades. Applicants must also live in the home being repaired and demonstrate “low” or “very low” income (see below).
The USDA also has low interest loans up to $20,000 available to residents who are (a) low income, and (b) own their own home. Loans have an interest rate of 1 percent, and the payback period for loan is up to 20 years. Qualified recipients must also have an acceptable credit history, including no collections, judgments, liens, or delinquent federal debts.
For questions contact Mary Norton at the USDA branch in Bakersfield at 661-336-0976 (ext. 133), or Mary.Norton@USDA.CA.GOV. Click here for an application. Kern County Income Requirements: The Mojave Foundation believes that basic home repair is critical to providing a safer and healthier community, and inspiring greater pride in our community. We are willing to help residents fill out applications and win grants or loans to repair their houses. For help, contact Marlena Rowely at Marlena@MojaveFoundation.org