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Facade Grant

The City of Brush! has partnered with the Brush Area Chamber of Commerce to establish a program to encourage façade improvements that enhance the historic character and promote quality architectural design. The grant provides funding for the following improvements on any exterior portion of the building that is visible to the public: Paint, Awnings, Signs, General Facade Improvement, and Historical Character Improvement.
Below is the link to the application, followed by the details of the program.

Façade Grant Application

Façade Enhancement Grant Categories

Design Assistance
The purpose of this program is to encourage façade improvements that enhance the historic character and promote quality architectural design.

Currently, Main Street Colorado is offering a free design consultation.
Grants up to $500 (no match required) for design services provided by a licensed architect or AIA accredited Interior Design Professional to create scope of work or design services for building facades.

Paint
50% matching grant up to $500

Awnings
50% matching grant up to $500
The grant application must include art work and a recent price quote for the proposed project from a sign company or other design professional.

Signs
50% matching grant up to $500
The grant application must include art work and a recent price quote for the proposed project from a sign company or other design professional.


General Façade Improvement
General improvements to the façade (non-historic). Available to all commercial properties in the City

Maximum Grant $2500 (minimum of $8000 in work is required to receive the maximum award in this category)
50% on the first $2000 of work
25% on the next $6000 of work


Historic Character Enhancement
Improvements that provide historic rehabilitation or enhance the historic character of properties located within the Main Street District. This category is reserved projects that take a more restorative approach to façade improvements (i.e. brick repointing, historically accurate windows, removing paint from bricks, etc.) and providing matching funds for State Grants and other funding sources.

Maximum Grant $5000 (minimum of $13,000 in work is required to receive the maximum award in this category)
50% on the first $7000 of work
25% on the next $6000 of work

Project Eligibility

  • The applicant must be the property owner or a tenant with written permission from the property owner.
  • All bills, charges, or taxes due to the City must be current.
  • The project must meet all state and local building codes and zoning requirements
  • Projects must result in permanent improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings.
  • Grants may be combined, however the cumulative maximum grant award is $6000 every 5 years per property.
  • Utilized design assistance program.

Application submittal requirements

  • Application form
  • Detailed project estimates
  • Sketches or illustration of proposed work
  • Color and/or material samples
  • ‘Before’ picture of the property


Program Requirements

  • Grant approval is required prior to work commencing.

Façade enhancement grants may be used on any exterior portion of the building that is visible to the public. This can include the front, back and sides of the primary building, exterior doors, windows, and repair or replacement of masonry or any other decorative elements that are an integral part of the façade. First priority will be given to the building facades that face the street.

Grants are not available for interior renovations, roof repair, or work covered by insurance.

Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The Board has discretion regarding if and what level they may choose to fund a project.

Applicant has three months to start work or the application becomes null and void, unless waived by the HPB. Projects must be completed within 12 months of approval.

Grant funds are dispersed on a reimbursement basis once the completed work has been verified by City staff as compliant with the plans in the approved application. Any deviation from the approved grant project may result in the total or partial withdrawal of the grant. An ‘After’ picture and receipts for the finished work must be submitted within 45 days of project completion for reimbursement.


Grant Application Process

Meet with Chamber representative

Utilize design service – coordinate with Chamber representative

Prepare and submit a complete application

Staff analysis/review & recommendations of proposal

Board meets and decides

Written response back to application
Board decision
Conditions of approval if any

Project is constructed

Applicant submits an ‘After’ picture and final receipts/bills for project

Staff verifies/inspects work

If final product is consistent with Board approvals reimbursement of fund to applicant is authorized

If there are concerns about the final product the item goes back before the Board for review and possible reduction in grant award amount.