Facade Grant Program for Downtown Businesses and Property Owners

Facade Grant Program for Downtown Businesses and Property Owners

August 10, 2016

Main Street Hanover hopes to have additional funds in 2018 to offer downtown business owners in order to improve their building exterior on the front facade. Read more about the program and how it can help you make a change to your storefront or building!

What is the Façade Grant Program?

The program is a financial incentive program to help rehabilitate commercial buildings in Main Street Hanover’s Designated District. Main Street Hanover, in partnership with the Borough of Hanover and the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, was awarded a grant for a Façade Improvement Program from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development. This program allows qualified commercial property owners and tenants within the designated district of Main Street Hanover, to be reimbursed for façade improvement projects.

How much money can I get for a single project?

Maximum reimbursement of $5,000 per commercial property per project, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the applicant. Projects must be paid for by property owner or business tenant at the time the work is completed, and the façade grant funds will come as a reimbursement for that project. Main Street Hanover was awarded $40,000 in grant funds and has given away almost half of that in grants. Deadline for completion of projects is June 2017.

How do I apply?

Contact Main Street Hanover for the full application packet or download from www.MainStreetHanover.org. Phone: (717) 637-6130

How does my project get final approval for the grant funds? Who reviews the applications?

The MSH Design Committee reviews and approves all projects. They meet the first Thursday of every month. Decisions must be made at the committee meeting and façade grant applicants are encouraged to attend to discuss their project with the committee. The committee follows the state approved design guidelines when making decisions of eligibility.

How long does the approval process take?

Approvals of applications take place during the regularly scheduled MSH Design Committee meetings, which occur monthly. If the applications are complete when submitted, projects can be approved typically during one meeting. If there are questions regarding the project and its scope of work, or the application does not contain all the necessary items when submitted, the process will take longer.

Can I start working on the project after I submit my application?

No, projects that have begun before final approval from the committee will not be eligible for the grant program.

Any additional questions can be answered by Main Street Hanover

Phone: (717) 637-6130

A full FAQ list, the Downtown Design Guidelines, and both applications can be found below.

Facade Grant Program FAQ
MSH Downtown Design Guidelines
Pre-Application or Inquiry Sheet
Final Application