Façade Improvement Grant Program

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The Town of Whitby established the Facade Grant Program in 2005 to encourage commercial building owners and business owners in both the Community Improvement Plan Areas (CIP) of both Downtown Whitby and Downtown Brooklin to restore and beautify their properties.  Applications are considered as they are submitted and availability of funding which is established through the municipal budget.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a facade grant in the past five years.

Under the program, the Town of Whitby will provide a one-time grant of up to 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $5,000, to help commercial property owners and tenants improve the exterior appearance and/or the structural condition of their buildings. The grant is for eligible street-oriented exterior work and is focused on helping to cover construction costs associated with the improvements.

The Town of Whitby also offers a Design Assistance Grant that can be applied for in conjunction with a Facade Improvement Grant. The grant is 50% of the professional design fees required for preparation of a beautification/restoration project to a maximum of $1,500 that may be required when applying for a facade grant.

Newsletter - information of the facade grant program and recent examples of other properties that have participated.

CIP of Downtown Brooklin - this map will allow you to determine if you are within the boundary of the CIP and eligible to receive funding.

CIP of Downtown Whitby - this map will allow you to determine if you are within the boundary of the CIP and eligible to receive funding.

Application for Facade Grant - eligible property owners should complete this form after consultation with Planning Staff to ensure that facade improvements are consistent with Council Approved Guidelines

Council Approved Guidelines

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