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.

Funding for the 2020-21 incentive grant cycle  has been depleted.

Please check back here in April 2021 for information regarding the 2021-22 cycle.