Keystone Communities & Northampton County CIPP Program Facade Grants

**APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW OPEN**

2018 DESIGN CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM
AND GUIDELINES FOR BUILDING AND FAÇADE IMPROVEMENTS

In order to encourage rehabilitation of building façades and improve signage in the downtown business district, the Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI) program is able to use funds from the Keystone Communities Program through the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development and proceeds from the Historic Easton House Tour to assist property and business owners in paying for improvements, signage, and design costs.

Eligible buildings must be located in the “Main Street Revitalization Target Area” which is indicated on the map below in blue. Any exterior improvements will be considered for the grant including paint, windows, repointing, doors, maintenance, façade repair, lighting, and signage.

Basic Downtown Map

Available Funds for Façade Improvements

This grant program will reimburse property and business owners a fifty percent match of project costs up to $5,000. For example, if a project costs a total of $10,000, $5,000 will be reimbursed. Any project exceeding $10,000 will only be eligible for a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 for façade improvements. Projects exceeding $25,000 in cost are not typically eligible for this program.

Available Funds for Signage

This grant program will reimburse property and business owners a fifty percent match of signage costs up to $1,500. Sign projects that exceed $3,000 are only eligible for a $1,500 maximum reimbursement.

Evaluation Criteria and Approvals

A full set of guidelines, along with the Facade Grant Application can be downloaded HERE.

This is a competitive process. Applications will be reviewed by the committee and evaluated on a point system scale. Submission Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018

**Please note our offices have moved to above the Easton Public Market. Our new address is 325 Northampton Street. For in-person questions or to drop-off  applications, please call the number listed below to set-up an appointment.

 

Additional links: Historic District Commission Website | Historic District Commission Certificate of Appropriateness Application

If you are need in of additional assistance, please call Amy Boccadoro at (610) 330-9947 or email amy@eastonpartnership.org.