Types of Improvements Eligible for Funding
Grants are available for permanent capital improvements. The use of grant funds is subject to the terms and conditions of the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as described below.
Exterior Property Improvements – Projects visible to the street, including (but not limited to) installed signage (not A-Boards), lighting, awnings, street facing doors/windows, new exterior paint.
Interior Property Improvements – Interior installed storefront lighting is eligible. Other interior improvements will be considered if the applicant demonstrates how the permanent improvement will increase the economic viability of the business or create job opportunities. Examples: fixtures, flooring, paint. A fixture is something permanently attached to a structure. Moveable furniture is not a fixture.
Infrastructure Improvements – Projects such as sidewalk upgrades, pavers, storm water management, accessibility improvements, etc. are eligible.
Preliminary Soft Costs – Certain costs that may be a necessary prerequisite to improvements or renovations such as permit fees, design review, or design/architect fees are eligible.
Public Space Improvements & Art – Projects that improve pedestrian safety and/or the pedestrian experience such as permanently attached street furniture, public art and murals, bike racks, street trees, or tree well improvements are eligible.