Request for Proposals: 2015 Facade Improvements (PDF)

West Broadway Façade Improvement Program

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) was awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation to provide matching funds to enhance properties along the West Broadway Corridor with artist-designed façade improvements. You may be eligible to receive up to $22,500 in matching grants per storefront to put towards facade improvements along West Broadway.These improvements are intended to create a place that is both distinctive and inviting. Bright colors, unique three-dimensional shapes and the use of historic contemporary expressive language are proposed to be threads of design connectivity in an environment infused with artist designed elements. Our hope is for West Broadway to ultimately be branded as an "Arts Street."

Purpose Of Program

The primary objective of the West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement program is to infuse art into the increasingly dynamic visual environment of West Broadway. Secondary objectives include providing an additional incentive for businesses and property owners to improve their building facades and creating opportunities for local artists to impact their own community.


Any existing business (with property owner’s approval) and/or commercial building owner whose building are located on West Broadway between 26th Avenue to the west and the River to the east and the one block contiguous (East and West) to West Broadway are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact Rob Hanson at or 612-353-5178.
Official program guidelines can be found HERE

Visit our Tumblr Page to see more examples of projects

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    Appetite for Change held the grand opening of Breaking Bread Cafe on April 29th. This long awaited restaurant is a fast, casual, counter service restaurant offering a unique style of fresh, flavorful and healthy global comfort foods. Breaking Bread took advantage of the facade improvement program to install a wonderful artist designed awning and sign. 

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    First opened in 1894, the historic North Branch Library is Minnesota’s oldest standing library building. After and extensive rehabilitation including a Facade Improvement Grant to install new windows, the Emerge Career and Technology Center will again serve North Minneapolis, this time as a hub for training, youth programs, and technology education.

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    Broadway Pub and Grille opened in 2014 at the former Good Sports location. The new ownership group used a facade grant to help with the cost of painting and installing a new awning.