The Second Round of Façade Improvement Grant Now Open

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Transform Your Business, Transform Your City

The city’s vibrant urban landscape is set for another wave of transformation as the second round of the Façade Improvement Grant kicks off. Building on the success of the initial phase, this grant program stands as a testament to Norfolk’s unwavering commitment to urban revitalization and community development. As per the official announcement from NorfolkVA, the application portal is now open, ushering in a new opportunity for businesses to revamp their spaces and contribute to the city’s flourishing commercial corridors.

Recalling the impactful strides made during the first round, where businesses witnessed remarkable improvements and communities benefited equally, the Façade Improvement Grant program has become a cornerstone of Norfolk’s rejuvenation initiatives.

Tailored to align with Norfolk’s vision for inclusive growth and economic prosperity, the grant empowers entrepreneurs and property owners to make significant aesthetic and functional enhancements. From fresh coats of paint to innovative signage, these improvements not only elevate individual businesses but also collectively contribute to the city’s inviting ambiance.

Who Can Apply:

  • Owners of for-profit commercial buildings in neighborhood serving commercial corridors.
    • The building’s use must conform to all current codes and ordinances; non-conforming uses of any kind are not allowed.
  • Business/Tenant eligibility
    • Existing business looking to expand.
    • Home-based businesses interested in moving to bricks and mortar.
      • Franchise businesses, non-profits and religious institutions are not eligible to apply.
    • Tenants applying for a façade grant must have approval from the owner at the time the grant application is submitted.
  • Application Requirements
    • Applicants must provide conceptual drawing/renderings prior to application submission.
    • Applicants must be up to date on all taxes, permits, and fees upon submission of application.
  • Applicants must attend a MANDATORY Commercial Corridor Façade Grant Workshop prior to applying. Please visit Development’s website to view a list of workshop dates and times.

Attendees of the mandatory workshops will gain invaluable insights into the grant’s nuances and requirements. The Commercial Corridor Program’s official website provides a wealth of resources, including a step-by-step guide and a detailed checklist of required documents, ensuring that every applicant is well-prepared to make their submission count.

The Façade Improvement Grant isn’t just about revitalizing storefronts; it’s about fostering a sense of community pride and belonging. By investing in our commercial spaces, we’re creating more than aesthetic enhancements; we’re cultivating vibrant, welcoming neighborhoods that residents and visitors alike can cherish.

Apply for the Façade Improvement Grant now. Let’s paint a brighter future for Norfolk, one brushstroke at a time!

Application deadline: November 17 at 11:59pm

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