Massive Demand for Local Grant Program Prompts Appeal for Additional Donations to Help Our Downtown Businesses

After Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) and the Longleaf Foundation announced the Re-3 grant program on Monday, our community responded with tremendous enthusiasm and in very large numbers. This grant program is laser focused on the local economy and was created to help Downtown businesses impacted by COVID-19 re-stock, re-open, and re-cover.


Within 24-hours of the announcement, Re-3 grant applications had already exceeded available funding and, as of this release, applications continue to roll in to WDI’s office. Therefore, in an effort to help as many entrepreneurs and small business owners in the greater Downtown area as possible, WDI is requesting additional donations to expand the reach of this initiative.


Individuals or companies interested in donating to the Re-3 program should visit or phone 910.763.7349 for more information. People can make tax-deductible, online contributions using PayPal or a credit card and earmark funds for the Re-3 program.


To donate to the program, use the button below.