WCDC administers a facade grant program that is funded by the City of Warsaw. Qualified applicants may obtain matching grant funds up to a maximum of $5,000 for facades, storefronts, awnings and signs, depending on the scope of the work.
Since 2003, more than $333,800 in matching grant funds have been distributed among downtown restaurants and shops.
2020 Facade Grant Recipients Included:
The purpose of the Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program is to stimulate efforts to improve the street appearance of Downtown Warsaw’s commercial and business façades. The program has been funded by the City of Warsaw and will be administered by the Warsaw Community Development Corporation (WCDC). The program offers up to $5,000 in matching funds per applicant (dependent upon the scope of work outlined) per grant cycle, which may be under one or more grant applications. All grants awarded require matching dollar for dollar expenditures by the owner or tenant.
Funds may be awarded for improvements to a facility image as follows:
Up to $5,000 for building facades, storefronts, awnings, & signs [note that the Façade Grant Program will not pay for signs unless they are part of an image enhancement project that includes improvements to the building]
For the fiscal year 2018, there is a total of $25,000 available, and the 2018 grant cycle will begin January 1, 2018 and run until September 30, 2018 or until funds are fully committed for projects – whichever occurs first. In the event that not all funds are committed in 2018 by September 30th a call for additional projects will be issued by WCDC. Unused funds will revert back to the City of Warsaw after December 31, 2018 [except for those committed for projects in process].
Applications must be submitted in their entirety, with all necessary documents before they will be considered for review. Projects must be compatible with the vision and goals of the City of Warsaw and Warsaw Community Development Corporation.
All projects must be completed and approved before any grant funds may be released. Projects that are submitted and approved in the first grant distribution period, but not completed in the allotted time, will forfeit their grant monies and must re-apply during the second application/distribution period. The same conditions apply to projects submitted in the second or any successive grant periods.
A Grant Committee consisting of the Warsaw Community Development Corporation Director, a representative of the City of Warsaw, and a member of the WCDC Board of Directors (preferably an Architect) will review the applications.
In the event that the total dollars requested for any grant distribution period exceed the funds that are available, grant recipients will be determined on the basis of the total points awarded to each project.
Applications will be awarded points based on the following parameters:
|First Time Applicant||20 Points|
|Execution of Application||20 Points (Thorough explanation of project w/pictures, color schemes, etc)|
|Street Façade Renovations||10 Points (As opposed to alley or side of building)|
|Permanent Structural Renovations||10 Points (Masonry, windows)|
|Correction of Safety Hazards||10 Points (Decayed window casings, crumbling bricks, etc.)|
|Improvements to a Vacant Building||10 Points|
|Facility in the Historic District||10 Points|
Qualifications for Grant Application:
I. Application Procedures:
The following items must be submitted to the WCDC before any application can be reviewed.
II. Preliminary Approval Process:
III. Final Approval:
IV. Grant Payments:
For more information about the Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program please contact:
Trisha Steger at (574) 267-6311 x1 – or- firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit completed applications to:
Trisha Steger, Main Street Coordinator
Warsaw Community Development Corporation
523 S. Buffalo Street
Warsaw, IN 46580