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The Avenues of Hope Storefront Façade Grant Program provides funds to commercial building and business owners to improve their building facades.   

About Avenues of Hope

The Avenues of Hope (AoH) initiative is a place-based, people-first approach that promotes Black-owned centers of arts, culture, and business with mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly developments.  

The seven AoH avenues are Perrysville Avenue, Chartiers Avenue, Centre Avenue, Larimer Avenue, Homewood Avenue, Warrington Avenue, and Second Avenue (Irvine Street).  

 

Grant Amount

Applicants can apply for up to $12,000 in grant funding for façade improvements. Applicant will need to show evidence of a 10% investment in the project.

 

Uses

Funds can be used to improve the façade of the building. 25% of the grant can be used towards interior improvements. 50% of funds can be utilized for ADA improvements.

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Type of businesses: Commercial establishments, service establishments, personal services, repair services, and business services.

  • Owner occupancy is not required. Approval of tenant-initiated projects will be contingent upon the owner’s approval.

  • Building must be located within an Avenues of Hope corridor

  • The Storefront Façade Grant Program requirements shall be binding for a period of seven years from the date of closing.

 

Application

There is a $100 application fee. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis with the following deadlines:

  • February 28, 2022

  • April 30, 2022

  • July 31, 2022

  • October 31, 2022

 

Apply online

 

Upcoming Webinars

The URA hosted webinars for interested applicants to learn more about this program. Both webinars covered the same information.

On the agenda:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application and approval process
  • Timeline from application to approval
  • Q&A

 

WATCH WEBINAR REPLAY

Program Summary

Application

Program Guidelines

Questions: Please email Miranda Micire at mmicire@ura.org or
call 412-255-6600 

For more information, please email Miranda Micire, URA Neighborhood Business District Outreach Analyst

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