Facade Improvement Grant Program
Danville’s historic commercial district houses much of our significant local history and architecture, and it serves as a regional center of civic, business, and cultural activity. Each structure in the district has unique character that makes our downtown compelling and attractive, and each contributes to the general aesthetic and character of downtown Danville. The Heart of Danville’s Façade Improvement Grant Program is intended to provide guidance and financial assistance to property or business owners to care for their historic buildings and to enhance the overall appeal of downtown Danville.
The economic benefits of façade improvements are numerous and include: an increase in the number of first-time customers and general sales; attraction of new businesses and shoppers to the area, which benefits all surrounding businesses; motivation for additional improvements to interior space, and encouragement for neighboring businesses to make improvements.
What Kind of Projects Are Eligible?
The Façade Improvement Grant can help pay for exterior repairs or improvements to the façade or face of your downtown commercial property. All proposed projects must preserve the architectural integrity of the structure or restore historic elements of the façade in order to qualify for funding. If your property is a corner commercial building in downtown, proposed improvements to either the façade or the side elevation viewable from the public right-of-way are eligible to receive assistance. Award-winning projects must also meet all local governmental rules, regulations, and laws, including Danville’s Historic Preservation Ordinance and Design Guidelines for the Historic Overlay District.
For more information on the grant and to download an application, click here.