To Our Community Partners:
As a leading provider of news, information and advertising in Central Virginia we are pleased to announce the launch of our Local Marketing Grant program. This program offers matching marketing funds to local businesses whose livelihood has been impacted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Since our inception in 1903, this newspaper has partnered with local businesses across the region to deliver their message to customers in both times of prosperity and in times of great challenge. While the COVID-19 virus has created change and difficulties for us all, the ability of our local business community to market to their customers remains essential to their, and all of our, sustainability and recovery. Our company’s greatest assets, by far, are the local communities we serve, and we’re firmly committed to supporting them through this grant program.
This program will be available to locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and will provide matching advertising grants for use in Central Virginia Weekly Group’s print and digital publications and services (including the Madison Eagle and the Orange County Review). This builds upon our existing commitment to our local business community through such successful initiatives as our Buy Local gift card program, and our programs to highlight local restaurants offering carry-out and delivery.
Through our Local Marketing Grant program, we are enabling small business owners to access a much broader portfolio of marketing products. This program will allow us to take a far more comprehensive approach to overcoming the unique challenges our local business partners face as a result of this pandemic.
Grants will range from $250 to $15,000 each month and will be awarded in May and June. Applicants may apply online at https://www.dailyprogress.com/pages/local-marketing-grant.html.
As a trusted source of news and information for the communities we serve, we feel that we are uniquely positioned to assist our local business community during these trying times. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen record-setting trends in both page views and users who are accessing our content both in our printed newspapers and at www.dailyprogress.com, the umbrella site of our community papers. These audiences present a tremendous opportunity for our local business community to get their messaging out to local residents each and every week.
During these uncertain times, we believe each of us can do our part to help our community come through the other side of this pandemic, stronger and more united to tackle the challenges that lay ahead. We ask that you join us in supporting our local community in the weeks and months to come.