Facade Grants Available for Downtown Businesses

Facade Grants Available for Downtown Businesses

This is a photo of what 503 Fifth Street looked like after the facade improvement. Courtesy photo

ROCK SPRINGS – Restored and improved storefronts are important to the vitality of Downtown Rock Springs. They attract more customers and help the economic development in the community.

The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency is currently offering grants for small businesses in the Downtown Focus Zone. Even though there is no deadline, funding is very limited and the organization will choose which projects will have a bigger impact. Business owners may download an application from DowntownRS.com under the “MORE” tab. 

The Facade Improvement Grant entitles the applicant up to $5,000 reimbursement towards the total cost of a facade improvement project. This is a matched grant and requires the applicant to pay for 50 percent of the total cost, while the grant pays for the remaining 50 percent, not to exceed $5,000. The Facade Improvement Grant pertains to exterior improvements only and may be applied to a front, side, or rear facade provided it faces a public street or parking area.

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The Facade Painting Grant entitles the applicant (commercial or residential) up to $1,000 reimbursement per building. The Painting Grant can be used independently or in addition to the Facade Improvement Grant. The Painting Grant is available for up to 100 percent of the total cost of paint, not to exceed $1,000.

It’s important to note that grants cannot be used for work previously completed and grants must be approved prior to any work being done.  Since funds are very limited for this round of grants, those requesting the maximum amount may receive less.  All grants are reviewed by the Board of Directors.

The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency is charged with the redevelopment of downtown Rock Springs. As part of their mission, there are three standing committees – business development, promotions and arts and culture.

For more information on the program, contact the Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency at 307-352-1434 or visit their website at downtownrs.com