The Façade Improvement Grant incentivizes downtown building owners and tenants to make improvements to the fronts of their buildings. In addition to improving the appearance of the building, these upgrades should provide benefits to the pedestrian realm. The Façade Improvement Grant is a matching grant that will provide 50% of the project cost up to the lesser of $750 per Front Foot or a total of $50,000 for Façade Improvement Projects in the Downtown Incentives Program Boundary.
As of November 2, 2020, Council approved reopening applications for the Façade Improvement Grant under the Downtown Incentives Policy and expanded eligibility to include back alley improvements for businesses directly impacted by Phase Four Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscape Project construction.
To be eligible for reimbursement, no work is to be performed until a Reimbursement Agreement is entered into with the City. Work that has commenced prior to City approval is not eligible for reimbursement. Applicants are responsible for reviewing the Eligibility Criteria below prior to submitting an application.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator prior to submitting their application.
The Program Coordinator can be reached at email@example.com or 780-513-5240.