In 2018, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) received a Facade Restoration Initiative Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in the amount of $300,000. The MDDA Board of Directors also contributed $30,000 toward the program. Combined, this $330,000 in funding is designed to assist downtown property owners in making impactful improvements to their building facades.
Since that time, we have partnered with nine property owners to make dramatic building transformations, leveraging approximately $719,000 of investment into downtown properties! After the initial round of projects in 2019/2020, we are pleased to announce that limited grant funds remain available, allowing us to hold a second competitive round of applications at this time.
149 W. Baraga Avenue before and after photos
The Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program provides financial assistance in the form of a reimbursable grant after work is completed. Grant funding requires a minimum 1:1 match, which means the MDDA/MEDC will contribute up to 50% of total project costs while the applicant is responsible for the remaining balance. To be eligible for the second round of grant funding, façade projects must meet a minimum of $10,000 in total costs ($5,000 DDA grant award/$5,000 applicant contribution). The maximum grant reimbursement is $30,000. All projects must be completed and reimbursed no later than September 30, 2021.
The following documents outline the program requirements:
Downtown business or property owners interested in participating in the grant opportunity are invited to discuss their project proposal and application procedures by calling 906-228-9475. The grant application deadline is Wednesday, July 1, 2020.