Facade Improvement Grant Program

The Facade Improvement Grant Program is a development and renovation grant program from the Montrose Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for properties owners within the Downtown Development Authority District.

The purpose of the program is to assist property owners in an effort to revitalize the district by the renovation of building facades in order to increase visitor traffic, increase sales tax revenues, increase property values and improve the aesthetics of individual storefronts and the district as a whole.

Applications are considered by the DDA Board on a first-come, first-served, case-by-case basis and evaluated based on the ability of the project to further the purpose of the Façade Improvement Grant Program. 

Application Deadlines

  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis.
  • We encourage you to submit your application to the DDA during the open enrollment months of:
    January, April, July, and October. 

Funding Sources

  • The program is funded from two sources, (a) property tax increment resulting from the increase in assessed value of the property, and (b) sales tax increment connected to the property. 

Funding Limitations

  • Proposals may be funded up to 25% of the total cost of the façade renovation up to a maximum of $20,000 per façade. 
  • Funding must be used on a public right-of-way or easement or eligible façade improvements.

Eligible Properties

  • All non-governmental, commercial property owners who pay into the DDA are eligible. The application must be made by the property owner, tenants are not eligible. However, we encourage tenants to alert their property owner about this grant program.

Eligible Improvements

  • Funded improvements are meant to be permanent and lasting in nature. Improvements must conform to Montrose Municipal Code requirements. 
  • Work must be started within three months of approval and must be completed within twelve months of approval. 
  • Eligible façade improvements shall front a public street, alley or pedestrian way, or shall face a public place. They may include:
    • Construction -
      1.1. New structures
      1.2. Additions to the existing structure
    • Renovation -
      2.1. New awning or the renovation/restoration of existing awning/signage
      2.2. Reparation and replacement of architectural details or materials
      2.3. Rehabilitation or compatible reconstruction of storefronts
      2.4. Removal of exterior surfaces that cover historic façade materials
      2.5. Exterior lighting
      2.6. Exterior façade painting
      2.7. Upgraded heating and/or cooling

Ineligible Improvements

  • Interior rehabilitation unless deemed essential to the building’s façade improvements;
  • Interior decoration or personal property;
  • Refinancing of debt;
  • Inventory and equipment;
  • General or routine maintenance and cleaning;
  • Business operations expenses;
  • Improvements made prior to grant approval; and
  • Horizontal materials or roofing materials (i.e. materials not visible from the public right-of-way.)

Learn more and download the application by clicking here