Good news! Salt Lake City’s Façade Grant Program is opening up again for applications July 1, 2021. Read on to see if your business qualifies:
The revitalization of a neglected commercial district or residential neighborhood often begins with improvements to a single building or storefront. Even simple changes such as new signage, repairs, or a new paint job that calls attention to the building’s original architectural details signal positive change for an entire neighborhood.
Not only do improved aesthetics encourage more customers, but those who have reinvested in their buildings through restoration and façade improvements have, in most cases, realized real gains in property value.
We know that facade improvements are often pushed to the bottom of the list when it comes to managing business expenses. Salt Lake City’s Neighborhood Business Improvement Program (NBIP) was designed to help businesses who are faced with this challenge. The program utilizes federal funding to revitalize neighborhood commercial areas, enhance the livability of adjacent communities, and support local businesses.
Applicants may receive a grant of up to $25,000 to improve the facade of their business. Improvements could potentially include items such as door upgrades, window improvements, paint or stucco updating, security cameras, fascia/soffit work, etc. Eligibility requirements include:
1) Applicants must have for-profit commercial buildings with facades visible from the street. Preference will be given to small and local businesses.
2) Projects must be located within Salt Lake City’s NBIP’s target area. Neighborhoods include: Fairpark, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Downtown, Central 9th, Ballpark, Central City, Liberty Well, and Glendale.
“This is a great opportunity for businesses needing a little lift to their storefront.” says Taylee Foulger, Community Development Programs and Grants Administrator. “We have created a simple application process—I encourage anyone (businesses) located in the target area to apply. Our office is available to answer any questions you have or to offer technical assistance with applying.”