The Niagara County Facade Program provides matching grants to renovate commercial building exteriors along our main streets, commercial corridors, and business districts. Grants of up to $50,000 are available with a dollar-for-dollar match from project sponsors. Eligible applicants include for-profit businesses, property owners, and building tenants (with landlord approval). Applicants must have owned or leased the building prior to January 2020, and the owner must be current on their property taxes. In addition to the program information below, please visit our:

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Program Goals:

  • Jumpstart façade improvement projects impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Support businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Revitalize existing buildings in our traditional downtowns and main streets.

  • Enhance the aesthetics of our community and the economic vitality of our business districts.

  • Preserve significant and historic buildings and encourage the adaptive reuse of buildings to accommodate new uses.

  • Create an environment that attracts investment, fosters development, and creates new business opportunities.

  • Assist property owners in making buildings energy efficient and code compliant, including meeting ADA requirements.

  • Leverage private sector investment.

 

 

Eligible Expenses:

Projects should mainly include permanent improvements to the façade or exterior of the building. Examples include signage, siding, exterior paint, roofing, windows and doors, stairs and ramps, walkways, decking, awnings, exterior lighting, etc.

Eligibility will, in part, be based on the project delivering a sustainable outcome that lends to a more visually appealing corridor. Temporary, seasonal, or removable improvements such as landscaping, flowers, holiday decorations, etc. are not eligible expenses, unless coordinated as part of a district wide-improvement spanning the entire "Main Street" area. Other ineligible costs include outdoor furniture, plans and studies, professional services, and costs to remove contamination or hazardous materials, etc.

 

Required Documents:

Application Package (download)

  1. Application
  2. Letter from local elected official
  3. Letter from building owner (if applicant is not the owner)
  4. Lease agreement (if applicant is not the building owner)
  5. Minimum of two bids / proposals for project work
  6. Proof of matching funds

 

Grant Agreement*

  1. Grant Agreement
  2. Property release form
  3. IRS Form W-9

 

Grant Reimbursement*

  1. Project report / summary
  2. Proof of payment
  3. Certification of expense
  4. Certification of construction completion
  5. Property maintenance declaration (building owners)

 

*Grant Agreement documents are required following grant award.
*Grant Reimbursement documents are required following project completion.

Key Program Dates:

  • 04/05/2022 - Program orientation
    (download presentation or watch video)
  • 05/06/2022 - Application packages due
  • 05/27/2022 - Application review completed
  • 06/01/2022 - Award letters sent out
  • 06/10/2022 - Grant agreements due back

 

 

Mail or deliver completed application package to:
Niagara County Dept. of Economic Development
Attention: Facade Program
6311 Inducon Corporate Drive
Ferraro Center, Suite One
Sanborn, New York 14132


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