Streetscape Beautification Grant


The Spruce the Bruce (STB) program assists communities with improvements that make them more attractive, distinctive, and pedestrian-friendly.


Fixtures and features on downtown streets can make a major contribution to the character of the community. The Streetscape Beautification Grant encourages communities to envision their character and begin to implement it on the ground.

Our Streetscape Beautification Grant details are subject to funding availability, and issued upon the completion of the proposed work.

This grant funds 50% of Streetscape Beautification projects up to $3,000.

Applicants must provide minimum 50% cash contribution towards the total cost of the project for which they are applying for a grant. Taxes are the full responsibility of the applicants. Eligible project costs must be actual cash outlay to third parties acting at arm’s length and which can be documented through original invoices or proofs of payment. 

These grants can be used towards (but are not limited to) street improvements such as: banners, benches, garbage/recycling cans, bike racks, flower containers, green space/park enhancements, seasonal decorations and/or public art, provided that the items are installed within the designated downtown area.

The following guidelines focus on suitability and compatibility issues affecting Streetscape Beautification Grant Applications in “Spruce the Bruce” designated downtowns.

  1. Only applications that are submitted prior to purchase, fabrication and/or installation of the project.
  2. Only grant applications that comply with municipal by-laws will be considered.
  3. Projects may require permits (permits are not funded by the grant) to be issued and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all permits are secured prior to submission of the application. Copies of the approved permits must be appended to the application.
  4. Fixtures proposed to be located in the public right-of-way should not obstruct sight lines for vehicles accessing the street from driveways/alleys and should maintain clear circulation routes for pedestrians including overhead and at the street level
  5. Streetscape improvements should add to the character and value of the downtown. The work proposed should reflect the community design identified in the community toolkit
  6. A maximum of two (2) Streetscape Beautification Grants may be awarded per downtown per program year.

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Application Process and Timeline

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    Launch of the grant program

     

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    Applicant submission deadline

    Intakes close at the end of each month until grant money has been allocated. ex) 1st Intake March 1 - March 31, 2nd Intake April 1 - April 30, etc...

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    Application is reviewed

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

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    Grant letter of offer

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

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    Applicant returns signed letter of offer

    The applicant signs and returns the grant letter of offer

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    Project commences

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

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    Project completion

    Grant recipients fill in the online project completion form.

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     Funds are sent to recipient.

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

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    Grant program closes

    October 31, 2019

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

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