Facade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant

Clean, interesting, well-maintained building facades and sidewalk patios create vibrancy that encourages passersby to stop, shop and dine.

The Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio grant encourages businesses to restore, upgrade, or otherwise improve their building facades and encourages restaurant owners to create sidewalk patios that attract patrons.

Our Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio grants are subject to funding availability, and issued upon completion of the proposed work.

This grant funds 50% of facade improvements up to $3,000 for projects under $10,000. 
Eligible projects greater than $10,000 may receive up to an additional $1,000.

Applications from South Bruce Peninsula and Township of Huron-Kinloss communities are eligible to receive up to an additional $3,000 matched cash contribution for projects less than $10,000 and an additional matching $1,000 for projects over $10,000 provided by South Bruce Peninsula and Huron-Kinloss Council.

(Example: For an facade improvement project in Wiarton that includes brick re-pointing, painting, siding and fascia signage update that costs $13,000, Bruce County would fund $4000, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula would fund $4,000 and the recipient would fund the remaining $7,000.

Eligible enhancements include

Façade and Sidewalk Patio Improvements projects must include a minimum of three (3) items from the following list as part of their grant application in order for their project to be considered for funding. Projects that include perpendicular signage or awnings may apply for additional funds through the Perpendicular Signage & Awning Grant. 

  • Exterior building painting
  • Architectural feature improvements / amendments / additions
  • Exterior lighting / front illumination for signage
  • Replacement / removal of siding
  • Re-pointing of brick/stone
  • Installation of new masonry / stone work
  • Brick restoration / cleaning
  • Addition of a sidewalk patio
  • Other renovations / improvements could be eligible if they meet the objectives of the program / design guidelines


To be eligible for an additional $1,000 funding from Spruce the Bruce, the application project must total over $10,000 (before tax) and utilize at least three (3) items from the list above and implement at least one (1) of the items from the list below.

  • Replacement of windows & doors
  • Fascia signage improvements
  • Permanent outdoor planters/ accessories (shutters, trim, glass repair)
  • Permanent exterior accessibility ramps
  • Other renovations / improvements could be eligible if they meet the objectives of the program / design guidelines

What is not eligible?

  • Roof Repairs
  • Interior Improvements
  • New Building Construction​
  • Patio furniture
  • Plants, trees, shrubs and flowers 
  • Backlit signage. (*Please note: neon, backlit signage complements both Sauble Beach’s Retro Beach Brand and its Community Design Toolkit and would be considered suitable signage materials for applications from this community).

The following guidelines focus on suitability and compatibility issues affecting Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant Applications in “Spruce the Bruce” designated downtowns. Keep these guidelines in mind when completing a Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant Application:

  1. Only applications that are submitted prior to purchase, fabrication and/or installation of the sign, awning, patio or façade work will be considered.
  2. Only grant applications that comply with municipal by-laws will be considered.
  3. Improvements requiring a variance will not be considered unless unique circumstances (not caused or created by the applicant) exist.
  4. Improvements must not interfere with sidewalk maintenance and pedestrian safety; which include proper height and allowable encroachment onto the sidewalk.
  5. Façade and Sidewalk Patio improvements should add to the character and value of the downtown. The work proposed should reflect the community design identified in the community toolkit

What Is needed before I apply?

Design Assistance/Funding: An additional $300 in creative design/art rendering services funding from the County may be available upon review of the project. Applicants are encouraged to contact the County of Bruce and / or their local municipality before making an application for planning / design assistance

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Application Process and Timeline


    Launch of the grant program

    2020 - Date to be determined


    Submission deadline

    There is a continuous intake until grant money has been allocated.


    Application is reviewed

    The applicant is notified of application status by the end of the following month


    Grant letter of offer

    If approved, the applicant receives a letter of offer that outlines the conditions and eligible grant amount.


    Applicant returns signed letter of offer

    The applicant signs and returns the grant letter of offer


    Project commences

    Projects must not have commenced prior to the awarding of the requested grant.


    Project completion

    Grant recipients fill in the online project completion form.


     Funds are sent to the recipient.

    Project completion is verified and funds are sent to the recreant by cheque or Electronic Fund Transfer.


    Grant program closes

    October 31, 2020

    All projects must be completed by October 31 of the same year. Extensions are not granted.