Perpendicular Signage & Awnings Grant

The Perpendicular Signage & Awning Grant encourages businesses to revamp their perpendicular signs and awnings. This grant supports the purchase and installation of perpendicular signs as well as awnings within the downtown cores.

Our Perpendicular Signage & Awnings grants are subject to funding availability, and issued upon the completion of the proposed work.

This grant funds 50% of perpendicular signage and awning projects up to $1,000

Applications from South Bruce Peninsula and Township of Huron-Kinloss communities are eligible to receive up to an additional $1,000 matched cash contribution provided by South Bruce Peninsula and Huron-Kinloss Council. (Example: For a $3,500 project in Wiarton: $1000 would be funded through Bruce County, $1000 through The Town of South Bruce Peninsula and $1,500 from the applicant)

Perpendicular Sign

Eligible enhancements include

  • Purchase and installation of perpendicular signs as well as awnings within the downtown cores.

Perpendicular signs: are signs that attached to the front of the building and are mounted so that the face of the sign is perpendicular to the normal flow of traffic.

The following guidelines focus on suitability and compatibility issues affecting Perpendicular Signage and Awning grant applications in “Spruce the Bruce” designated downtowns. Keep these guidelines in mind when completing a Perpendicular Signage and Awning Grant Application:

  1. Only applications that are submitted prior to purchase, fabrication and/or installation of the sign, awning 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. Perpendicular Signage and Awning should add to the character and value of the downtown. The work proposed should reflect the community design identified in the community toolkit
  6. Applicants may additionally apply for the Facade Improvement Grant and a Sidewalk Patio Grant

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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.

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