To be considered for the grant:
The applicant must be the tenant or the property owner. A letter of support from the property owner is required if the applicant is the tenant.
The building must be commercial or mixed-use (commercial-residential) and be located within one of the following downtown Community Improvement Plan Areas (CIPA): Allenford, Hepworth, Kincardine, Lion's Head, Lucknow, Mildmay, Paisley, Port Elgin, Ripley, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Teeswater, Tobermory, Walkerton, or Wiarton.
The project must comply with Municipal bylaws and have received appropriate permits and permissions. Note: If the patio extends onto municipal property, the applicant must submit an application and be approved for a patio permit with their local Municipality.
The project should attempt to include elements from the applicable Community Toolkit whenever possible.
Project work must not have started (including purchasing any materials) until the application has been approved.
Properties previously awarded grants are not eligible for additional funding under the same grant category unless:
- The grant was provided more than five years ago; or
- Either the tenant and/or property owner changed since the last grant was provided; or
- The application is clearly for different physical elements of the building/property (as determined by County Staff)
50% of total project cost (excluding taxes) up to $4,000.
Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Fencing or railings
- Flooring / patio stones / brick
- Permanent planter boxes (e.g., attached to fencing)
Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- Patio furniture (e.g., tables, chairs, benches, etc.)
- Portable accessories (e.g., heaters, fire pits, speakers, etc.)
- Greenery (e.g., plants, flowers, shrubs, etc.)
Branding and Design Elements
Gain inspiration and guidance for the project by reviewing design elements (colour palettes, materials and physical elements, and façade and signage examples) from the applicable Community Toolkit: Allenford, Chesley, Hepworth, Kincardine, Lion’s Head, Lucknow, Mildmay, Paisley, Port Elgin, Ripley, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Tara, Teeswater, Tobermory, Walkerton or Wiarton.
Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Areas
A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool that allows a municipality to direct funds and implement policy initiatives toward a specifically defined project area and are intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and/or stimulate development.
Find the eligible Community Improvement Project Areas (CIPA) for this grant: Allenford, Chesley, Hepworth, Kincardine, Lion's Head, Lucknow, Mildmay, Paisley, Port Elgin, Ripley, Sauble Beach, Southampton, Tara, Teeswater, Tobermory, Walkerton and Wiarton.