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.

If you received grant funding in the 2020 year for any of the following Bruce County programs you are ineligible for 2021 Spruce the Bruce Funding: Spruce the Bruce grant; Business Pivot / Adaptation grant; Business Safety Supplies (PPE) grant; and/or Tourism Innovation Lab / Spark grant.


To support local businesses in making COVID-19 related modifications, the 2021 Spruce the Bruce grants have been amended for 2021.  The County will now fund 100% of Facade Improvement and Patio projects up to $4000 to support business adaptations due to COVID-19.

There is a funding cap of $30,000 per municipality until July 1st at which time the cap would be removed. 

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 stonework
  • 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?

Only those applicants who did not receive Support the Bruce Business Sustainability funding in 2020. 

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.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, our supportive team members can help!

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Application Process and Timeline


    Status of grant program

    Applications are now being accepted as of Feb 5, 2021


    Submission deadline

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


    Application is reviewed

    Applications are reviewed and awarded on a weekly basis.


    Grant letter of offer

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


    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 recipient by cheque or Electronic Fund Transfer.


    Grant program closes

    October 31, 2021

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

Contact us
Business Development Grants
Planning & Development
Toll Free:  1-800-268-3838