From our inception amid the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, Community Revitalization has been a priority for St. Croix Foundation. Our downtown revitalization efforts include the rehabilitation of Sunday Market Square in the heart of historic Christiansted and our Scrape, Paint, Rejuvenate Program, which beautified over 100 historic properties throughout the Territory. More than 30 years later, with a total investment of over $12 million dollars and in the wake of more recent catastrophic hurricanes, St. Croix Foundation still firmly believes that the rehabilitation of our towns will provide the economic stimulus necessary to ensure a healthier and more livable community.
Recognizing small businesses as the engine of healthy economies, the Foundation has invested significant resources in fortifying the Territory’s small business infrastructure. In addition to creating the first business incubator in the Virgin Islands, our Intermediary Relending Program was responsible for the creation and expansion of over 60 small businesses reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship as a vehicle for a healthier economy.
The Foundation recognizes that community development only succeeds when complemented with improved public safety. In 1995, we initiated a partnership with the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) that continues to this day. Since the inception of that partnership, the Foundation has supported the VIPD through several existing Funds that provide flexible funding for emerging needs and which include providing rent-free space for the Christiansted Bicycle Patrol Unit for over 20 years. The Foundation has also secured and invested almost $1 million dollars in grants to support VIPD special initiatives and programs.