Community Improvement Program

Now Accepting 2024 CIP Applications!
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Check out the updates to the program!

At the meeting held in August, Town Council approved a few changes to the CIP program:
- Application intakes will now open September 1st, 2023 and will close December 15th, 2023.
- We have also updated a few of our Grant Category Terms, increasing the grant thresholds to reflect the current cost of improvement projects!

It is recommended that applicants consult with the Economic Development team during the development of their application.  

CIP 2024 Application Form

 As part of Gravenhurst's Downtown Revitalization project in 2012, a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was developed to assist property and business owners within the designated Community Improvement Plan Boundaries that need building and façade improvements, and includes tax incentive grants permitted under the Municipal Act, for qualified projects. Below is a blueprint of the newly expanded area of those eligible to apply to the program. The Town also adopted a façade and streetscape design guidelines to create a more cohesive and inviting look and feel in the urban area.

Community Improvement Plan Brochure (PDF)
Community Improvement Plan (PDF)
Façade Design Guidelines (PDF)
Façade Demonstration Sketches (PDF)
Streetscape Design Guidelines (PDF)



 The annual intake period currently accepts completed application submissions between January to March.  All applicants are encouraged to start planning and gathering required information, including quotes prior to the intake start to ensure a completed applications is submitted once open.  All completed application are processed by the Economic Development Team and submitted to the Community Grants Committee, who determine grant approval recommendations for Council's final approval. 

Learn more about the Community Improvement Plan, setup a consultation to discuss your ideas, or submit your application please reach out to Economic Development Coordinator Nicole Hilton at or 705-687-3412 x 2265.   Learn more about other Gravenhurst Awards, Grants and Incentives by visiting our page.

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