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.
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
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.