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/or property must be located within the MSD to be eligible (map included in each application document below).  Any property within the MSD for which the  property owner pays property tax is eligible for these incentive programs. This generally excludes properties owned by governmental and non-profit entities.  WDDC will prioritize building improvement projects that make the greatest impact on the MSD. 

Incentive programs offered by WDDC are funded annually each July 1st. These are very competitive grants with a pool of approximately $50,000 to split between all three incentive 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 Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Application Deadlines – To be eligible for review by the WDDC Committees and Board, the applicant must participate in a pre-application meeting with City staff by March 31, 2022 for the spring round of funding, and by July 8, 2022 for the fall round of funding. Applications must be received by 5pm on either April 27, 2022 for the spring round of funding, or August 10, 2022 for the fall round of funding.

Funding Determinations – The WDDC Board of Directors will make funding decisions for the spring round of funding at their June board meeting, and for the fall round of funding at their September board meeting.

Property Tax Rates

Architectural Assistance Grant

Building Improvement Reimbursement Grant

Downtown Redevelopment Incentive Grant

Facade Grant

Additional Opportunities