Facade Improvement Program
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The Facade Improvement Program aims to revitalize and sustain the West Broadway Corridor and Northside neighborhood business districts by providing matching grants to businesses and property owners to improve the appearance of their storefront. Up to $7,000 is available for individual properties with only a small loan origination fee required. All funds have been allocated for 2012; to be added to a notification list for future grants, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fix up your building! Contact Erin at 612.353.5178 or email@example.com for information about current grant opportunities! See below for additional program details.
West Broadway Arts Facade Improvement Program
The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) was awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation and the City of Minneapolis ($98,000 total available funds) to provide matching funds to enhance properties along the West Broadway Corridor with artist-designed façade improvements. 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.
MATCHING GRANT AMOUNT
Applicants may apply for a matching grant of up to $15,000 or 50 percent of the total project cost, whichever is lower. All grants are subject to and dependent upon the availability of funds. Owners of multiple properties can apply for more than one matching grant, but not more than one matching grant per address.
The Grantee must match grants at least dollar for dollar. The match may come from the applicant’s cash, a bank loan, or other funding sources. Please contact Erin at West Broadway Coalition for other opportunities and funding sources.
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.
West Broadway Façade Improvement Match Fund
What is the West Broadway Façade Improvement Match Fund?
Phillips Foundation, Pohlad Foundation, and McKnight Foundation have approved $93,500 in matching grant dollars for West Broadway commercial corridor façade improvements. This fund is designed to provide matching grant dollars to applicants approved for the 2011 West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement Program. This grant fund compliments the West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement Program by offering matching dollars for traditional façade or arts related improvements to approved applicants.
Who is administering this fund?
West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is administering this fund.
Who is eligible to receive grant money?
Any business and/or commercial building owner who has applies and is accepted to participate in the 2011 West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement Program.
How do I apply for a grant?
Applicants should turn in the West Broadway Façade Improvement Match Fund Application with their West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement Proposal. Please see West Broadway Arts Façade Improvement RFP for additional information on this program including the grant timeline.
If I am selected, when do I get awarded the money?
This is a reimbursable grant fund. All costs must be paid before the property owner/business owner will receive the funds. If you need assistance with upfront costs please contact Erin at WBC. She can direct you to several programs that may be able assist you in receiving the upfront costs.