Town of Gravenhurst Continues to Support COVID-19 Recovery: 2021 Downtown Property Improvement Grant Program Now Open

Posted On Thursday January 14, 2021

Businesses and property owners can now submit their application for the 2021 intake of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  

The program assists building and business owners within the downtown core through a number of grant programs, and helps with the costs of improving the look and viability of the community. The program has contributed over $484,584 in grants and leveraged almost $5.8 million dollars in local investment.

“We continue to see a need to create and support places to live, work and play in the community. Our permanent and seasonal population continues to grow, and the downtown plays a large role in that.  Whether creating new residential units through the Residential Rehabilitation/Conversion Grant, supporting new businesses through the signage improvements grant, or our existing property owners with improved facades, this program is key to driving investment in our downtown core,” says Mayor Kelly.

What grant categories can be applied for this year?

  • Building Façade Improvement Grant (Main/Front Façade)
  • Building Façade Improvement Grant (Rear or Side Wall)
  • Downtown Tomorrow Digital Improvement Grant
  • Landscaping and Property Improvement Grant
  • Patio Grant
  • Planning Application Fee and Building Permit Fee Grant
  • Structural Improvement Grant
  • Signage Improvements Grant
  • Residential Conversion/Rehabilitation Grant

“The pandemic has highlighted how important digital improvements can be to small businesses, as well as outdoor dining space for food and drink establishments. A recent update of the plan expanded funding to include the Downtown Tomorrow Grant, which provides funding for publicly facing digital upgrades, and the Patio Grant, in line with the municipalities Outdoor Patio By-law,” added Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic Development.

Completed applications must be received before 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with the Economic Development team to assist businesses with optimizing their application and insuring all criteria is met prior to submission.

Additional information can be found at or by contacting the Economic Development team.



For further information, please contact:

Jeff Loney

Manager of Economic Development

Town of Gravenhurst

705-687-3412 Ext. 280