Keystone Communities Program Facade Grants


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 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

Deadline for submission of completed application is Saturday, July 15th, 2017. This is a competitive process. Applications will be reviewed by the committee and evaluated on a point system scale.

Please click HERE for the full guidelines and application. 

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

If you are need in of additional assistance, please call Kim Kmetz at (610) 330-9940 or email