Façade Improvement Grant
The City of Rochester and the RDA recognize the importance of a high-quality retail and business environment to the continued success of Downtown Rochester.
Since beginning in 2010, a total of 72 projects have been completed with over $800,000 provided to Downtown business through the grant. In return, through these 72 projects, over $3.1 million dollars have been invested into our Downtown by business and property owners.
The Façade Improvement Grant Program is intended to help encourage investment and bring facades of business properties in Downtown Rochester more in tune with Urban Village Design guidelines. The program is offered as an incentive to Downtown property owners.
Any property or business owner whose property lies within the Special Services District (Downtown Rochester) is eligible for the program. Buildings constructed within the last 3 years are ineligible.
Use of Funds
The funds may be used to pay for up to 50% of the costs associated with the design and construction of improvements to a building’s facades. Grant funds will be provided as a reimbursement to the business or property owner. The funds will not be available to projects seeking assistance for signage only. The RDA Design Review Committee will consider signage based on the long-term improvements to the property and signage that is deemed as architectural signage.
Property and business owners may apply for grant assistance of up to 50% of the cost of improvements, not to exceed $20,000. Grant funds will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Design Assistance An additional $2,000 may be granted to procure a licensed design professional/architect for the RDA Design Review process (matching funds are not a requirement from the applicant).
It is highly recommended that applications include a professional rendering of the project from a licensed design firm. This funding is outside of the max amount of $20,000. Thus, a project may receive a max amount of $22,000.
Facade Improvement Grant Overview and Application
Sample Facade Improvement Grant Application
Urban Village Design Guidelines
Contact Karli McElroy, Senior Director of Placemaking
email@example.com or 507-216-9883
Before and After Photos