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Buildings must be located in the Historic District or along William Street up to and including the 600 block (Barton Street).
Commercial building owners and business tenants in commercial buildings in the above described areas.
Painting, replacement of missing historic elements, modification or removal of inappropriate alterations, repairs and restoration of windows, cornices, trim, etc., awnings, shutters and signs. Painting only projects are not eligible.
After meeting with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, submit an application by March 1, June 1, September 1 or December 1. The EDA's decisions are made within 45 days.
The grants are not to exceed 50% of the project cost, up to a maximum $10,000 grant. For projects involving painting and maintenance only, the grant limit is $5,000 and not more than 1/3 of the project cost. Grant funds are paid upon project completion.
Guidelines for improvements are contained in the Historic District Handbook, prepared by the Architectural Review Board and available at no cost in the office of Community Planning and Building Department.
Grants are approved by the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA considers the following criteria in each round of applications: adherence to application and design guidelines, economic development value, other potential positive impact, visual prominence of the façade, degree of deteriorating conditions and comprehensiveness of the project.
Grants are available for half the cost of professional design services, up to a maximum grant of $500. The application dates are the same as above. Grant recipients are to apply for an improvement matching grant in the next cycle or reimburse the Economic Development Authority grant.
Work must start within 120 days of grant approval and be completed within six months, unless the Economic Development Authority sets a shorter or longer deadline in its approval.
If the property is in the Historic District, Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval may be required. If required, the Certificate of Appropriateness must be submitted with the application. For questions, please contact the Community Planning and Building Department at 540-372-1179. The process takes 30 to 60 days from application to ARB action. Copies of any required building and sign permits must be provided to the Economic Development Authority.
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) grants do not come from city tax dollars, but rather from fees collected on bonds issued by the EDA.