Funding and Eligibility Criteria
There’s no denying it; first impressions really do count. What your customers and—more important—what your potential customers see when they look at your business from the street can make or break your relationship with them. But, with the expenses associated with growing any type of enterprise in today’s marketplace, who can afford to worry about what the outside of a business looks like? With the help available from the City of Raleigh, you can.
Established in the 1980s to assist businesses and property owners in Raleigh’s Downtown and older commercial districts, the Facade Grant Program has helped more than 100 businesses put a new “face” on the way they market their goods and services. Providing up to $10,000 in grant rebates for each project, this program makes it possible for businesses of any size to refurbish the exterior of existing buildings; restoring them to their former glory or reinventing them for exciting new directions.
Funding and Eligibility
How does the Facade Grant Program work?
Businesses located in the Targeted Economic Development Areas of Raleigh may use funds for specified exterior building improvements including lighting, signage or awnings, murals, and art. Businesses must adhere to certain design guidelines and have all the necessary approvals to be eligible.
What types of improvements qualify for funding?
Facade Grant funds are available for the following improvements:
- Removal of false fronts (such as aluminum panels)
- Repair or replacement of windows, doors, and cornices
- Repair or replacement of façade materials
- New signage
- New awnings
- Exterior lighting
- Exterior painting (when associated with a larger rehabilitation effort)
- Design and construction costs
Art & Mural Items:
- Artist fees
- Labor costs and equipment rental
- Construction and material costs
- Exterior painting and lighting costs.
Routine maintenance is NOT eligible for funding by the Facade Grant program.
How much funding am I eligible for?
For businesses located in the University Village District, grant rebates of up to $10,000 or 50% of exterior rehabilitation costs (whichever is less) are available.
For businesses within the targeted economic development area may be eligible for up to $5,000 or 50% of exterior rehabilitation costs (whichever is less).
How do I qualify for a Facade Grant?
For those inside the University Village Pedestrian Business Overlay District, the following criteria must be met:
- Compliance with the design guidelines of the University Village Streetscape Plan
For other eligible areas, they must meet the criteria of the applicable streetscape plan for the area in which the business is located.
For those in areas without a streetscape plan, applications will be reviewed based upon compliance with the Downtown Urban Design and Facade Grant Guidelines (Table DT-1) of the Downtown Element section of the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
What other information do I need before applying for a Facade Grant?