Christ Episcopal Church has applied for a $20,000 Business Improvement Grant from Elizabeth City. From time to time, the church inherits properties from parishioners, which it in turn rents for income to support locals in need and in crisis. The property in question had been rented by a dentist, and now the church needs to refurbish the space for more generic use. The property also needs electrical, plumbing, and handicap accessibility upgrades to meet current codes. Representatives from the city explained they are not treating the church differently from other applicants. The grants are for parties seeking to make lasting repairs to downtown property and create jobs, and they are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to any projects meeting a threshold in the scoring process. A microbrewery was among projects receiving grants earlier this fiscal year. If successful, this would be the second time the church scored a Business Improvement Grant, the first having funded repairs to the space now occupied by Eclectic Jewelry.