The Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program is a component of the Inclusive Economic Opportunity Districts Program that provides matching grants to commercial property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. Residential properties are not eligible for this program. Commercial improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets. The following information outlines the details of the program(s) and includes the application.
Applications are due via online portal. This funding round is open to projects in Marion County, with preference given to projects in neighborhoods in which LISC Indianapolis works.
Please be sure to review the 2020 Facade Improvement Grants Guidelines before filling out the form.
Once started, the application progress cannot be saved. Please allow sufficient time to fully complete the form and make sure to have all required attachments ready before beginning.
Have questions about this application or the process? Please contact Natalia Rodriguez-Hilt with LISC Indianapolis at email@example.com or (317) 454-8493. Any requests for additional information will be answered as soon as possible. Please click here to download a sample budget to be submitted.
You should hear back about the status of your application within 4-8 weeks. Please plan your project timeline accordingly as any costs incurred for work started prior to notice of grant award cannot be reimbursed.
Note: A commercial building that has a primary purpose as a place of worship is generally not eligible for the façade grant program. Commercial buildings that house establishments related to gambling, gun stores, adult book stores, etc. are not eligible for the program.
The deadline for the first round of applications will be April 3, 2020.