The Montclair Center Building Improvement District has announced Springboard Montclair, a small business start-up grant competition that will help fund two businesses to lease space in downtown Montclair.

Applications will open on Monday, May 10 at

All applications must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, June 1.  Winners will be announced by July 1, 2021.

Springboard Montclair will award two grants for new or expanding businesses: one for $10,000 (leasing less than 1,500 square feet) and one for $15,000 (leasing between 1,500 and 2,300 square feet). Details are available by clicking “Apply at Springboard Montclair” button at

“We are thrilled to launch this new project to bring start-ups to lease storefronts in downtown Montclair,” Lisa Johnson, president of the Montclair Center BID, said. “We are actively encouraging women, minorities and veterans to apply and strengthen our community in this time of recovery.”

“The Montclair Center BID is focused on providing solid business support to further develop our local economy,” Jason Gleason, executive director of the Montclair Center BID, said.  “We are delighted to offer Springboard Montclair to bring more innovation and entrepreneurship downtown.”

The Springboard Montclair winners will also receive trainings and classes to further their success downtown.

Representing over 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects, including plants and decorations, banners, way-finding signage and maintenance throughout the district. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restauranteurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.  For more information, visit