Incentives & Business Resources

Incentives & Business Resources

The economic development incentive programs below are offered by the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), a non-profit organization that partners with the City of Wilson. They were created to physically improve downtown properties for priority business uses, stimulate active business and property ownership, healthy commerce, and pedestrian activity in Historic Downtown Wilson’s Municipal Service District (MSD).

The business and property must be located within the MSD area to be eligible (map in each guideline document below). Any property within the MSD for which the owner pays property taxes is eligible program. This generally excludes properties owned by governmental and non-profit entities.  WDDC will give priority to businesses and building improvement projects that make the greatest impact on the MSD. 

Incentives offered by WDDC are funded annually each July 1. These are very competitive grants. with a pool of approximately $50,000 to split between all three grant programs.  

Contact Wilson Downtown Development at historicdowntownwilson@wilsonnc.org prior to

starting the application process to determine current status of available funding and eligibility.

There will be two funding rounds for the 2021-22 fiscal year from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

The first funding round is now open. First Round applications are due by June 18, 2021

If monies are not depleted after first round funding, second round applications are due by October 13, 2021.