The Façade Improvement Program provides up to $20,000 in matching funds for façade repair and restoration. For projects under $10,000, a 25% applicant match is required, for projects over $10,000, a 50% applicant match is required. This means if you apply for a $1,000 grant, you would need to invest at least $250 in the project. If you apply for a $10,000 grant, you would need to invest at least $5,000 in the project. Work started or completed prior to GRIA approval is not eligible for funding. The goal of this program is to encourage building restoration, historic preservation, and improved economic vitality by improving building facades.
Any property owner or tenant (with authorization from the property owner) can apply for funding fo eligible work, including signage, painting, exterior masonry work, ADA improvements, and landscaping improvements. The area of eligibility is within the boundaries of the Remington Historic District and is limited to commercial buildings only. Click here to view the map of the Remington Historic District.
How do I get reimbursed for my project?
Grant funds are issued on a reimbursement basis and cannot be issued until the project has been completed. Before a check is cut, Applicants will need to submit a project completion report including proof of payment for the project. The GRIA Land Use Committee must review the completed project to determine that the work performed is consistent with the work approved. Once the work is approved, a reimbursement check will be issued.
What happens after my project application is approved?
At the end of the project, the Applicant must submit a Completed Project Report.
The project must be completed within six months. The six-month time period will begin after a commitment letter is issued. Extensions of the project period may be granted at GRIA’s discretion. The Applicant is responsible for obtaining all building permits and any other City approvals for the work to be done. The Applicant is responsible for conformance with all applicable safety standards and conditions. Changes to the scope of work must be pre-approved by GRIA. The Applicant also agrees to maintain the property and the improvements.
Click here to view the full Program Guidelines.
Sample of Remington commercial properties, 2016 photos