Storefront Improvement Grant
ABOUT THE GRANT
The Storefront Improvement Project is a matching funds grant of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership to enhance and revitalize storefronts in the downtown district. It will improve the downtown economy through focusing on revitalizing building facades that are street level in order to draw in customers to downtown businesses. As part of a comprehensive plan to stimulate economic development and historic preservation, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership will provide design assistance and remodeling incentives to small businesses.
Projects are selected based on the greatest positive impact the improvements will have to our district commercially. The following factors are considered in evaluating impact:
• Current condition of the building/façade
• Impact on street design and neighboring businesses
• Creative value of the project
• Community need/demand for change
The selected business will receive two benefits: 1) A one-hour consultation with members of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Design Committee to assess needs and provide potential design improvements; 2) Reimbursement for project costs, up to $2,000 in matching funds of the business. These funds cannot be used for installation labor or staff time.
Applicants must be local businesses in the downtown district that are on street level. Exclusions:
• National franchises
• Professional offices
• Residential space
• Government occupied spaces
• Churches and other religious institutions
• Projects already underway
The goal of the Storefront Improvement Project is to help businesses achieve their vision for the front of their space. Improvements can be to the exterior façade of the business, or to the interior that is closest to the window such as track lighting and signage. Eligible improvements include:
• Signage on windows/doors, or hanging from awning
• Windows and doors
• Landscaping, plants and containers
• Tile or other decorative material
• Creative and imaginative exterior elements
Notifications regarding the 2020 grant cycle will take place in June 2020.