This program is only available to SBA members within the
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Façade Improvement Program
SBA Members can receive up to $5,000 for Façade Improvements
The Sackville Business Association offers a Façade Improvement Program to help members invest in façade renovations and storefront upgrades.
The Façade Improvement Program covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible renovations, to a maximum of $5,000.*
*Contingent on funding
- The program is open to members of the Sackville Business Association, both business and commercial property owners.
- The property must lie within the boundaries of the Sackville Business Improvement District.
- Business and building owners are encouraged to work together on developing a design and submitting applications. If a tenant wishes to apply, written permission from the building owner is required.
Eligible improvements are limited to the exterior of the front-facing or highly-visible side of the building. Improvements may include but are not limited to: upgrades to exterior architectural and decorative details, landscaping, painting, exterior surfaces, windows, doors, entrance ways, awnings and lighting. Other improvements may be considered.
- Applicants must complete an application form and submit a drawing of the proposed changes. Where possible, a design professional should be hired to produce an attractive product.
- Proposed upgrades must be approved by Halifax Regional Municipality and the necessary permits must be obtained before construction begins.
- Construction cannot start before the reimbursement agreement is signed. Funding is not provided retroactively.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS:
Generally, the grant process works as follows:
- Contact the Sackville Business Association for an application form.
- Contact HRM Planning to ensure the proposed upgrades will meet HRM bylaw requirements.
- Submit a completed application, along with two contractor quotes for the project.
- The Project Review Committee evaluates the application.
- The applicant is notified in writing if the application has been approved, refused, or if additional information is required.
- If the project is approved, the SBA and the applicant sign a reimbursement agreement spelling out the project details, what costs will be reimbursed, and any conditions.
- Construction begins.
- The applicant supplies the SBA with proof of payment of all suppliers and contractors.
- Project is inspected by the SBA’s project manager.
- The SBA issues reimbursement for the amount specified in the agreement.
- Grants are allocated on a case-by-case basis as long as funding is available.
- Project proposals are subject to a review of the existing building storefront and façade, must meet high quality standards, and must reflect the spirit and intent of the design guidelines.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant or a specific grant amount. The decision of the Project Review Committee is final and not subject to appeal.
- The applicant is responsible for ensuring the project meets HRM bylaws and obtaining the required permits.