Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) Façade Improvement Program

Overview

Tennessee Main Street communities and communities that have participated in the Tennessee Downtowns program in Rounds 1 – 4 and have an active Design Committee are eligible for a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) for commercial façade improvements. Approximately five grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to organizations that can illustrate the need for a façade program and the ability to execute a solid design plan for the façade improvements.

The Façade Improvement Grant is reimbursable and all expenditures must take place within the timeframe of the grant period as designated by the grant contract. The grant period begins when a contract is signed and returned to TNECD which is expected to be in the fall of 2017. Applications are due August 11, 2017.

The grant applications must be submitted by the local Main Street organization, the sponsoring non-profit organization for the Tennessee Downtowns program or the city in which the improvements will be made. The contract will be between the Main Street organization or the city and TNECD.

Grantees can use up to eight (8) percent of the funding for grantee administration. Additionally, the grant requires 25% matching funds. All expenditures must be requested by reimbursement requests on official forms provided by TNECD. All applicants must illustrate the ability to manage this program.

– See more at: https://tn.gov/ecd/topic/facade-improvement-program#sthash.0l7UjhdP.dpuf

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