The Facade Improvement Program is a 50/50 matching grant program administered by the City of St. Charles to encourage the rehabilitation and restoration of downtown building facades. Many of the downtown renovation/restoration projects completed over the past 20 years were funded in part by this program.
Overview of the Program:
- A 50/50 matching grant – up to $10,000 per façade (defined as up to 30 ft. of frontage- larger amounts are available for larger buildings).
- Rear Entrance Improvement grants available for qualifying properties – 50/50 matching grants up to $10,000.
- 100% reimbursement of Architectural Services can be included in grant - up to $4,000.
- The Historic Preservation Commission can provide design guidance on how to meet the architectural standards.
- The application review process requires an approval recommendation by the Historic Preservation Commission and approval of a grant agreement by the City Council.
- Properties must be located with in the Downtown Special Service Area 1-B and be a building used for commercial purposes or a building containing two or more residential units.
- Properties used for commercial purposes located outside of SSA 1-B but within the Central Historic District may also be eligible for funding.
- The total project cost must exceed $1,000 for work on the exterior of the building. Lists of eligible and ineligible items are included in the application packet.
- The program has a limited budget for each grant year. Properties that have never received a grant in the past are given first priority for funding.
- Limitations apply to the overall grant amount. In general, the overall amount of grants for any property cannot exceed $20,000 within any five year period.
- Grants cannot be provided for work that has been completed prior to City Council approval of the Grant Agreement.
- The final grant amount will be based on the actual cost of work and cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of work or the total amount of the grant as specified in the grant agreement.