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Facade Improvement and Patio Grant

Clean, interesting, well-maintained building facades and patios create vibrancy that encourages passersby to stop, shop and dine.The Façade Improvement and Patio grant encourages businesses to restore, upgrade, or otherwise improve their building facades and encourages restaurant owners to create patios that attract patrons.

To support local businesses in making COVID-19 related modifications, the 2020 Spruce the Bruce grants have been amended for 2020. The County will now fund 100% of Facade Improvement and Patio projects up to $4000 to support business adaptations due to COVID-19.

facade improvement

Improve your building façade

Restore, upgrade, or improve your building façades that will create an attractive, safe, vibrant downtown and adapt to COVID-19 precautions.

Projects may include:

  • Take out window installation
  • New entrance/exit installation
  • Exterior lighting installation
  • Replacement siding
  • Re-pointing of brick or stone
  • Installation of new masonry or stone work
  • Permanent outdoor planters and accessories

Install a patio

Create a patio that supports physical distancing and encourages patronage in a safe environment in the downtown of your community.

Projects may include:

  • Installation of a sidewalk, rooftop, or back patio
  • COVID-19 patio adaptions, including expansions to support physical distancing
  • Permanent exterior accessibility ramps
  • Architectural feature improvements, amendments and additions

What is not eligible:

Roof Repairs, Interior Improvements, New Building Construction​, Patio furniture, Plants, trees, shrubs and flowers Backlit signage (except for Sauble Beach which matches its Retro Beach branding).

Funds 100% of these projects, up to $4,000*

Taxes are the full responsibility of the applicants. Our Façade Improvement and Patio grants are subject to funding availability and issued upon completion of the proposed work.

*Please note: Projects are funded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all of the $250,000 funding has been given to local businesses. Business owners may be placed on a waitlist if the maximum amount for their community has been allocated.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be a storefront business or property owner within a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) designated area with downtown commercial zoning in one of the following communities:
Allenford, Chesley, Hepworth, Kincardine, Lion’s Head, Lucknow, Mildmay, Paisley, Point Clark, Port Elgin, Ripley, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Tara, Teeswater, Tobermory, Walkerton and Wiarton

Applicants may be eligible for one façade and patio grant per storefront and preference will be given to buildings with operating commercial businesses.

Guidelines: Facade Improvement and Patio

  • Only applications that are submitted prior to purchase, fabrication and/or installation of the sign, awning, patio or façade work will be considered.
  • Only grant applications that comply with municipal by-laws will be considered.
  • Improvements requiring a variance will not be considered unless unique circumstances (not caused or created by the applicant) exist.
  • Improvements must not interfere with sidewalk maintenance and pedestrian safety; which include the proper height and allowable encroachment onto the sidewalk.

Have questions or require more information?

Funding for all other municipalities in Bruce County has been allocated. Businesses may still apply and will be put on a waitlist. If funding becomes available for your project you will be noticed via phone and/or email.

If you have questions or need help with the application, don't hesitate to contact us at or 1-800-268-3838. 

If you would like to learn about other grants and supports offered by Bruce County or not sure if this grant is right for you, complete our inquiry form to receive more information.

The project may include collaboration with (but is not limited to) three or more of the following groups: