- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Small businesses looking for a face lift in Providence are getting some help from city government.

Mayor Angel Taveras announced Thursday that the city has set aside $250,000 to help businesses make changes to their storefronts. Businesses can use the grants of up to $10,000 to improve their awnings, signage, doors, landscaping and facade.

The program is designed to help small businesses attract new customers while revitalizing neighborhoods and reducing urban blight.

Taveras, who is a running for governor as a Democrat, detailed the program Thursday during a visit to a local restaurant.