West Broadway Façade Improvement Program

Interested in upgrading your storefront? The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition has two matching grant programs that can provide up to $22,500 in matching grants per storefront. You may choose to apply for either grant, or apply for both towards the total project cost.

Great Streets Facade Improvement Program: The WBC has partnered with the City of Minneapolis to provide 1:1 matching grants of up to $7,500 per storefront. This program can help pay for many exterior facade improvements including painting, windows, lighting, masonry repairs and tuck pointing, etc. This can NOT be used for interior or roof based repairs.

McKnight Art Facade Improvement Program: The WBC has received a grant from the McKnight Foundation to provide 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 per storefront in artistically designed facade improvements. The program aims to infuse artistic design into the increasingly dynamic visual environment of West Broadway. In order to be eligible for this grant money, a project must be coordinated with an artist for its duration.


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.

If you have questions, or would like design ideas, contact Carla Schleicher at carla@westbroadway.org or 612-353-5178.

Visit our Tumblr Page to see more examples of projects

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    Les Jolies Petite School of Dance adds to the unique character of the block. 

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    Juxtaposition Arts continues their work on revitalizing an entire city block along West Broadway with their most recent renovation at 1102 West Broadway. 

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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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