Local entrepreneurs are asking for more than $37,000 in Business Improvement Grants from the city of Elizabeth City. Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. Executive Director Deborah Malenfant reported Tuesday that she and city staff are now reviewing four applications submitted in the city’s first round of BIG program funding. BIG, formerly the Downtown Improvement Grant program, helps pay for lasting fixes to buildings to support or create businesses. It’s open to businesses citywide — though $60,000 of its $80,000 in total funding is for downtown businesses — and offers grants of as much as $20,000 each. Business owners must match the city’s grant at least dollar for dollar.