Open Norfolk

Welcome to OpenNorfolk!

This boots-on-the-ground small business assistance program that will ensure businesses throughout the city are able to open in a safe, physically-distanced manner and financially recover as quickly as possible.

OpenNorfolk will:

  • Provide clear guidance to small business owners and a toolkit to help them expand into either their own outdoor space (parking lots and yards) or in the public right-of-way (sidewalks, parking spaces, etc.) on pedestrian commercial corridors.
  • Provide hands-on assistance to business owners who would like a small team of people to help them move their own furniture, provide outdoor furnishings, or build them a parklet or other temporary furnishings for outdoor dining.

To accomplish this program, the city is utilizing its Urban Design contract team and partnering with Andrew Howard, a national expert in tactical urbanism, and the founder of Team Better Block

OpenNorfolk prioritizes equity throughout the city, engaging with Neighborhood Development and Public Safety to identify any commercial corridors or small businesses that could use help.

Volunteers Needed! Register now and give our small businesses a boost!

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Economic Disaster Assistance Grant

Round Two of application intake will take place from June 12, 2020 to June 19, 2020. Required documentation for application submission is available here

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