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2017 Facade Improvement Program

Funds for this year's Façade Improvement Program are now exhausted.  Look back next year for updates...
 
The Facade Improvement Program is funded by the City of Biddeford Economic Development Department and has a total of $50,000 for grants of up to $15,000 to qualified applicants who wish to make external facade improvements to their downtown commercial buildings.  A dollar for dollar match is required.  A Facade Improvement Grant can be used for a variety of external building facade improvements.  Some examples include
 
  • awnings,
  • highly visible storefront improvements,
  • restoration of original historical windows, doors, and trim where possible,
  • repair or replacement of windows, doors, and trim as part of a larger scope of work, cleaning and/or painting of wood surfaces,
  • cleaning and/or repointing of surface brick and stone,
  • exterior lighting,
  • removal of “modernization” efforts and/or inappropriate non-historic alterations/additions,
  • cleaning and/or replacement of facade siding, and
  • wall improvements including visible side walls and murals.
 
Applications will be accepted beginning April 18, 2017, on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Program overview and application are available here.
 
Map (below) showing the eligible downtown area is also available here.
 
facade program map
 
For more information or questions regarding the Facade Improvement Program, please call Brad Favreau, Economic Development Coordinator, at 571-1612 or email at brad.favreau@biddefordmaine.org
 
Applications must be hand-delivered to the Economic Development Department, 2nd floor, Biddeford City Hall, 205 Main Street.