Wetaskiwin’s downtown and Automile businesses are encouraged to put their best face forward this summer – and there’s even a grant to help them with it!
To support local business growth and create an inviting setting for locals and visitors to enjoy and explore, the City of Wetaskiwin encourages businesses wanting to spruce up their storefronts to apply for a Downtown and Automile Façade Improvement Grant.
This matching grant will cover 50 per cent of the project costs for façade improvements, up to a maximum of $5,000 available per application.
Eligible costs include the installation of canopies or awnings, storefront signage, painting/re-facing facades, flower pots, window boxes and hanging baskets, for example. Project goals include:
Accessibility – improving accessibility and creating a barrier-free entrance for pedestrians.
Aesthetic appeal – improving how the building is experienced.
Lighting and natural surveillance – allowing for a clear view from the interior to exterior of the building and eliminating dark areas while creating ambiance.
Innovative and artistic design – creating designs that are distinct, while adhering to City Engineering Design Standards, and set buildings apart with the use of colour, sustainable design, and/or public art.
“We recognize our local businesses have been through some rough times and the Façade Improvement Grant is intended to support businesses and property owners in creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere – which benefits everyone living in and visiting the City of Wetaskiwin,” notes Raelene Coffey, Interim Economic Development Manager.
- Application deadline is May 31, 2022
- The 50/50 matching grant up to $5,000 per property will be considered in the order they’re received
- Projects are to be completed by Oct. 31, 2022
- Property must be located in Wetaskiwin’s downtown or automile
To further support Wetaskiwin-area businesses, the City also recommends using locally owned and operated contractor(s) and materials for Façade improvements.
To learn more or to apply for the grant, visit: wetaskiwin.ca/facadegrant