BALTIMORE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT PROGRAM
Grant Information, Policies, and Procedures
The Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee and the Baltimore Village Council work in partnership to assist commercial property owners in the downtown business districts to finance permanent, visible façade improvements to commercial properties. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to exterior paint, new windows, siding, awnings, transoms, landscape improvements, and sidewalk repairs.
Re-investment in the downtown benefits residents by providing better and closer shopping, a healthy local economy, and stable or improved property values. Business owners benefit from increased sales, a more positive image, and a healthy commercial sector in Baltimore. The village benefits from economic growth, a more robust tax base, and a more positive perception of the community. Studies show that for every dollar invested downtown, more than $28.00 is generated in the community.
Permanent building projects which improve the façade of a building are eligible for this program. Application forms must be fully completed, and no work can commence until the application is formally approved. This is a reimbursement grant. Applicants must pay for and complete all grant funded work and then submit a request for reimbursement form along with proper documentation.
The Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee, an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to stimulate downtown economic development, administers this program.
Policies and Procedures
- Application rounds and deadlines will be established for each calendar year as available funds allow. No application will be approved if postmarked later than the deadline. Application forms must be complete and signed.
- Applications may be submitted by property owners or business owner tenants who have permission to modify their leased building.
- To be eligible, work to be performed must be permanent and visible from the street. Work within the Village’s street right of way is eligible.
- Work begun prior to grant approval is ineligible.
- The maximum grant reimbursement for a project will not exceed the approved amount, regardless of final project costs.
- Applicants must provide a 1:1 match for grant dollars requested (e.g., if the owner has improvement expenses of $1,000 for the project, they may request $500.00 in grant reimbursement).
- Maximum grant requests and awards vary by project type. The following list is not all inclusive. $1,000 for siding, exterior paint, windows/doors, awnings, transoms, sidewalks, ramps, or lights
$750 for permanent signage or patio fence/seating
$500 for trees, permanent landscaping, or permanent planters
- To be eligible, a property must be located within the Downtown Business Districts or the PlannedMixed Use District as defined by the Village.
- The property must be used for business (not residential use). A mixed use building (e.g. business on the first floor and residential on the second floor) is eligible.
- A maximum of one grant per property (parcel or address) will be awarded per calendar year, regardless of grant amount.
11. All project expenses must be documented with receipts, timesheets, or similar documentation. Documentation must accompany your request for reimbursement form once work is finished.
- All work shall be completed within 6 months of notification of award and prior to submitting a request for reimbursement.
- The Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee reserves the right to make all decisions related to the implementation of this grant program. Awards will be based on the organization’s determination of which projects offer the greatest benefit to the community and the downtown districts as well as resources available during each grant cycle.
14. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Application Schedule for 2015:
Round One submission deadline: May 1, 2015 Round Two submission deadline: Sept. 1, 2015 Round Three submission deadline: Jan. 1, 2016