Façade Improvement Matching Grants

Some non-profit neighborhood groups, business associations, and community development corporations have contracts with the City of Minneapolis to provide Façade Improvement Matching Grants to businesses and commercial property owners.

The Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program works to revitalize and sustain the economic vitality of the city’s businesses and commercial districts through public/private investments in façade projects for commercial properties. Façade improvements make an aesthetic impact, improving the appearance of individual buildings and consequently entire commercial districts. Façade improvements can enhance the sense of place and make commercial districts more inviting and interesting places to walk and shop. Additionally, the City’s façade program helps guide façade projects toward architecturally and historically sensitive improvements that are attractive and functional, helping create a coordinated streetscape.

How does the program work? What do grants pay for?

The program's Business Guidelines explain how the program works, what types of improvements are eligible in the program, which are not, and other important information about the program. Read this document carefully before you begin planning your project.

Who can apply?

Building owners and commercial tenants (with property owner’s approval) can apply for a Great Streets façade grant if:

1. the façade improvements are for a commercial business or commercial building, meaning it has a retail or office use AND

2. they are located within an eligible business district (pdf).