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Façade Grant Program
Downtown Historic District Façade Improvement Grant
The City of Burlington Historical Preservation Commission (HPC) is responsible for administering
a “Façade Improvement Grant Program”, intended to stimulate improvements to the exterior of
downtown commercial buildings.

The funding for this program is provided through the tax increment district #3 and all activities
relating to the funding of façade projects will be reported to the City of Burlington Community
Development Authority (CDA).

Purpose of Grant Program
The Façade Improvement Grant Program was funded to stimulate building improvements while
being mindful of the historical significance and uniqueness of the downtown structures.

Who is Eligible
Owners and/or tenants of existing buildings within the Burlington Downtown Historic District
(map attached). Tenant applicants are required to submit written evidence of building owner
approval with the application.

Eligible Uses
The Façade Grant Program can be used to fund the exterior front, rear and side facades of
existing commercial buildings within the district (see attached map). Other eligible uses may be
the following:
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Awnings
  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Entrances
  • Window Repair
  • Masonry Work
  • Architectural Assistance
  • Lighting
  • Signage 
  • Roofs with decorative elements will be considered

Ineligible Uses
Ineligible improvements include, but are not limited to interior work and inappropriate cleaning methods

Maximum Grant Amount
The maximum grant amount will be 50% of the total eligible façade improvement project, but with a maximum of a $5,000 Façade Grant. No more than $250 of matching funds of the $5,000 grant maybe used for exterior signage. Signage grants not to exceed 50% of the cost of the sign not including awning. Abutting properties will be considered for individual façade grants based upon each property being architecturally distinctive, as determined by the HPC.