The Storefront Improvement Grant
The goal of the Storefront Improvement Program is to assist businesses in the West Broadway BIZ area, (members in good standing) in improving their storefront and building exterior in order to enhance the commercial viability of the BIZ area. View the brochure.
Eligible Improvements: Physical improvements which include exterior painting, wall finishes, signage, awnings, entryways, doors, windows, etc., which will contribute to the enhancement of the commercial viability of the BIZ area. Eligible costs include the related labour and supply costs of an improvement, but not the costs related to zoning, permits, administration, legal and/or financing services.
Grant Information: There are two tiers now available, Minor Grant of up to $1500 and the Major Grant up to $5000. Either minor OR major grant is available per member every 3 years, to be matched on a 50/50 basis by the applicant. For major grant applications, drawings and associated costs must be submitted for approval ahead of the start of the project. Application for the minor grant must be submitted no later than 1 year after completion of the improvement. The applicant will be responsible for paying for the related costs of an improvement prior to receiving the grant. Multiple improvements may be submitted on one application. Prior to reimbursement representatives of the BIZ board will review the application and inspect the improvements. All applications will be reviewed by the Streetscaping Committee on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants will be informed of their approval from the BIZ.
Optional Design Grant Information: For a cost of $1500, our architect will measure building, review City Guidelines provide several options for new design, provide an approximate cost for completion of work, and provide a review of improvements and a certificate of completion. Improvements completed within two years of the design phase will be reimbursed by the BIZ for up to 50% of the design costs, over and above the Minor or Major Grant.