9/16: Updated Facade Improvement Grant Program

9/16: Updated Facade Improvement Grant Program

The City of Sebastopol has updated the Façade Improvement Program. The updates include more business types that are eligible for the program and a property owner or tenant will now be reimbursed for 75% of new improvements up to $2,500. Previously the program reimbursed for 50% of new improvements. 

There is the potential for additional changes to the program that will further relax requirements. Applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible as the submission deadline is October 20. 

This program is aimed at encouraging local businesses and business property owners to improve commercial and industrial buildings. Upgrades, maintenance, and aesthetic enhancements will benefit the entire community and enhance the local economy.
 
With these objectives in mind, subject to funding availability, the Sebastopol Façade Improvement Program will provide a rebate for expenses incurred on new exterior property improvements made to commercial or industrial buildings within the City of Sebastopol.
 
Eligible improvements include painting, new signage, awnings, landscaping, exterior lighting, and local permit fees. Façade building improvements (new windows, changing materials, etc.) are also eligible; however, please note that larger changes may require Design Review approval as well.
 
The objective of the Façade Improvement Program is to provide an incentive to property owners and/or tenants to enhance the physical appearance of buildings and landscapes. This public/private partnership investment is intended to leverage private capital with public funds for greater community economic benefit. 

Click here for more information on the program and how to apply.