Façade Grant Program

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The Façade Grant Program provides funding to eligible downtown property owners and tenants who want to make street-facing building façade improvements.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to half (50%) of the total cost of the project and:
1. up to $10,000 per street address or storefront for eligible downtown property owners and merchants/business owners. A property or storefront cannot receive more than $10,000 under this program within a five-year period.
2. up to $30,000 for buildings with multiple storefronts or street addresses;
3. up to $20,000 for buildings on corner lots, where façade improvements are proposed on both frontages.

A maximum of 10% of the façade grant may be used toward soft costs, such as design fees.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Applicants must:

  • be downtown property owners and merchants/business owners;
  • propose a property that is located within the Downtown Community Improvement Area, with commercial (retail, restaurant or dining, services) uses on the ground floor.

    Each grant application must:
  • satisfy the city of Kitchener urban design guidelines and the King Street façade guidelines;
  • follow the sign bylaw of the city of Kitchener and the Ontario Building Code.
Application Steps:

Applicants must use the online form to apply for a grant.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

1. If you have any questions, email Economic Development or call 519-741-2200, ext. 7197.

The grant program would be reinstated until Dec. 31, 2027. (https://kitchener.citynews.ca/local-news/kitchener-extends-facade-grant-program-for-downtown-businesses-5248556)

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