Special Projects

In addition to major events and initiatives, Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation (DMRC) sponsors the following, on-going projects.


Small Business Encouragement Fund

Business success is crucial to the survival of a "Main Street" community. Through this fund, downtown businesses are eligible for $250 quarterly grants.

DMRC members, Pat and Carrie Frost initiated this project and host an annual Autumn Arts & Ales event at their business, Frost Glass, as a fundraiser.


  1. A physical business address within Mantua Village

  2. Conducting business in Mantua

  3. Federal ‘EIN’ information

  4. Less than $1 million in annual gross receipts

For more information, please download and review the grant application and instructions. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Flowers on the bridge

When DMRC Board member Mary Cabot visited Europe, she fell in love with the European custom of placing cascading flower baskets on bridges over their rivers. Her dream to do the same with the bridge over the Cuyahoga in Mantua Village became reality in 2015, following construction of a new bridge on State Route 44.

Mary collected donations to purchase baskets and flowers, orchestrated DMRC management of the project, and engaged volunteers to maintain this beautify addition to downtown.

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Headwaters Trail Collaboration

DMRC initiated and continues to host quarterly meetings with surrounding community leaders, including representatives from Aurora, Mantua Township, Hiram, Garrettsville, Mantua Rotary, Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce, Garrettsville Rotary, Portage Parks District, and Portage County Regional Planning.