Downtown Improvement Program
A page with information about the Township's Downtown Improvement Program.
If you own a commercial property or operate a business within the Township’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Project Areas in Lucknow and Ripley (maps available for download on right side), you may apply now for grants to make improvements to your building(s).
The Township is offering three grants this year: Façade and Storefront Sign Improvement Grant Program; Infrastructure Works/Building Restoration and Accessibility Enhancements Program and; Community Energy Efficiency Program. Grant monies are allocated on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted. Under each grant program, only one application per property will be considered.
Program Guidelines and Application Forms are available for download on the right side of this page.
Façade and Storefront Sign Improvement Grant Program
To assist business owners improve their visibility and appeal to customers, the Township will fund perpendicular, flat or freestanding signs and facade improvements for businesses located in the Community Improvement Areas in Lucknow and Ripley. The Township offers this Program in partnership with Bruce County through their Spruce the Bruce grant program. Property owners and tenants may still apply to the Township for this grant program (at a 50:50 funding ratio) in the event that Spruce the Bruce funds have been depleted. Although Spruce the Bruce does not fund freestanding signs, the Township of Huron-Kinloss will consider them. The sign and facade designs must follow the Community Toolkits for their respective communities. The Community Toolkits and Community Improvement Area maps are available on the right hand side of this page. One application per property will be accepted.
Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant
This grant matches local cash contributions up to $3,000.00 for projects under $10,000.00 with an additional $1000.00 given to projects over $10,000.00.
Facade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Guidelines
Facade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Application Form
Storefront Sign and Awning Grant
This grant matches local cash contributions up to $1,000.00.
Storefront Sign and Awning Guidelines
Storefront Sign and Awning Application Form
Infrastructure Works/Building Restoration and Accessibility Enhancements Program
This is a Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) program to provide tax assistance to private land owners in order to encourage private sector investment in properties and buildings. The TIEG Program will provide tax assistance equal to all or a portion of the municipal property tax increase following the completion of the project owned by a private land owner that has resulted in an increase in the assessed property value. The time period for the TIEG program would be up to 5 years per project or until eligible remediation and redevelopment costs have been offset, whichever comes first.
Projects that 1) bring existing buildings up to current Ontario Building Code standards; or 2) make existing downtown and commercial businesses more accessible through the installation of wheelchair accessible entrances and ramps, would be considered for this Program on a case by case basis.
Eligible projects will include the substantial development, redevelopment, construction or reconstruction of commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings/properties that result in a minimum of $100,000 increased in the assessed value of the property. Based on 2016 figures, an improvement which results in a $100,000 increase in assessment value would receive a grant of $705 per year.
Applications must be pre-approved prior to the project start date and a building permit is required. One application per property will be accepted.
Infrastructure Works Program Guidelines
Infrastructure Works Application Form
Community Energy Efficiency Program
To assist commercial property owners with improving their energy efficiency and conservation, the Township would match local cash contributions for eligible improvements up to $3,000. Eligible improvements would include: 1) construction of new green buildings that meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification standards; 2) retrofit of existing buildings for energy efficiency (i.e. replacement of light fixtures, replacement of doors, windows, insulation, heating, etc.); and 3) alternative energy generating sources (i.e. rooftop solar panels). One application per property will be accepted.
Community Energy Efficiency Guidelines
Community Energy Efficiency Application