2018 Community Improvement Program Application Now Open

Posted on Wednesday January 03, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

January 3, 2018

2018 Community Improvement Program Application Now Open

 

GRAVENHURST, ON - The Town of Gravenhurst is seeking applicants for the 2018 Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  Up to $15,000 is available per project application.

Originally developed in 2013, this program is venturing into its 6th year.  It allows building owners and business operators to take advantage of a number of financial grant programs to help improve the look and viability of their buildings.   Since the program’s inception over $200,000 in grants have been approved within the Downtown.

In order to be eligible, a business or building must be located within the Community Improvement Area (www.gravenhurst.ca/cip) and cannot have any outstanding taxes or orders on the property. Projects must also follow the façade guidelines that were developed and endorsed by Council. These guidelines encourage a more cohesive and inviting look and feel in Downtown Gravenhurst. Applicants are required to find two quotes for the work they will be undertaking and submit them with the application form before March 31, 2018. Results will be released on May 15, 2018 after the grants are approved by Council. Applications can be found at the website above or by visiting the  Town of Gravenhurst Municipal Office.

Grant Categories Available in 2018:

•           Planning Application Fee and Building Permit Fee Grant

•           Building Façade Improvement Grant (Main/Front Façade)

•           Building Façade Improvement Grant (Rear or Side Wall)

•           Structural Improvement Grant

•           Landscaping and Property Improvement Grant

•           Signage Improvements Grant

•           Residential Conversion/Rehabilitation Grant

 

Potential applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with the Economic Development team by calling (705) 687-2230 Ext. 280, or can attend an Information Session on Thursday February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the Gravenhurst Council Chambers.  Additional information can be found at www.gravenhurst.ca/cip  or by contacting the Economic Development team.

“With a number of high impact projects that were funded in 2017, the downtown is continuing to be a better place to live, shop and work,” said Jeff Loney, manager of Economic Development. “We look forward to working with our downtown business owners again this year to improve the look and feel of the downtown and help business owners succeed in our community,” Loney added.

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For additional information please contact:

Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic Development

705-687-2230 Ext. 280 or jeff.loney@gravenhurst.ca