2020 Facade Improvement Program

Workshop – Tuesday, March 3rd – 5:30pm 

Belfast City Hall, Council Chambers

Business Facade Grant Application 

Maximum Grant Award:

  • $25,000 (Funds for this program are contingent upon being selected by the Department of Economic and Community Development. It is anticipated that Funds will not be available until June 2020.
  • Cash match requirement is 28% of the grant amount requested (i.e. $10,000 grant, $2,800 cash match; $25,000 grant, $7,000 cash match)

Allowable Projects Includes*:

  • Exterior Improvements
    • Including Signage
    • Painting
    • Siding
    • Awnings
    • Lighting
    • Display Windows

*Preference given to projects located in the downtown and that submit completed application by 5pm, Friday, April 3rd, 2020. 

Eligible Applicants:

  • Property Owner or Business Owner (with property owner consent)
  • Projects need to secure a spot blight designation or already designated slum and blight area (see map). Spot Blight Designation Criteria requires a building to pose a public health and safety concern, or have a facade that is crumbling, peeling, falling, decay. It must be more than aesthetic.
  • Must be in a zone that allows commercial use]
  • The facade to be improved must be visible to the general public from a public street

Meeting Agenda:

  • Overview of program
  • Review list of eligible activities
  • Criteria
  • In-Town Design Review Process
  • Spot-blight designation
  • Application Process
  • Question and Answer

Sign-up to recieve guidelines and grant application:

For more information:

Thomas Kittredge    or    Zach Schmesser 

207-338-3370 x116            207-218-1158


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