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Façade Grant Program

Overview

The Façade Grant program offers grants to property owners and tenants in the downtown development authority (DDA) district to renovate and rehabilitate building facades. This program is designed to leverage private improvements that contribute to the overall aesthetics and viability of the district.

The program offers a reimbursable dollar-for-dollar matching grant for the cost of eligible improvements up to $10,000. This grant will be offered on an ongoing basis as funding permits. The award amount is based on available funds, applicants and other variables.

The DDA may also provide up to $1,000 (no dollar-for-dollar match required) for professional architectural and design assistance for façade construction. This must be from a professional firm not associated with the contractor performing the work.

The program is for properties located within the DDA district Applicants can be property owners or tenants. A tenant application must have the property owner’s signature on the application.

Eligible Improvements

  • Removal of materials that cover original architectural details
  • Repair, restoration or replacement of original architectural details
  • Replacement or new signage, including awnings, monument style, projecting, and wall mounted
  • New signage, including
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Repainting and/or repair of façade, including brick, masonry and wood
  • Glazing and exterior door replacement
  • Improvements that meet building and sign code requirements
  • Other improvements at the discretion of the DDA board

Ineligible Improvements

  • Any improvements made prior to grant approval
  • Interior improvements or decorations
  • Removal of architecturally important features
  • New construction and additions
  • Inventory and equipment
  • Sweat equity or applicant’s own personal labor
  • Plantings or landscaping
  • General or routine maintenance and cleaning
  • Residential properties, unless it is part of a mixed-use building
  • Properties that have taxes or special assessments in arrears.
  • Properties that do not have property taxes included as part of the Tax Increment Finance capture

We regret to inform you that we are not currently accepting applications for our façade grant program due to insufficient funding. We understand the importance of maintaining and improving our community's architectural aesthetics, and we remain committed to exploring opportunities to secure additional resources for future initiatives. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to stay updated on any developments regarding funding availability for our façade grant program.

Thank you for your understanding.