Economic Development

Facade Improvement Grant Program



The City of Scottsbluff has allocated $250,000 to be used for grants for façade improvements within areas of the City designated as blighted and substandard (also known as TIF Districts or Community Redevelopment Areas).  Grant funds must be used to improve the appearance of a clearly visible portion of the exterior of an eligible property.  (Roof replacement/repair, for example would not be an eligible expense.)  Program guidelines are below: 

1.    Grant amounts:  Minimum grant amount is $500 per property.  Maximum grant amount is $10,000 per property.
2.    Required Cash Match:  A property owner must match every dollar of grant money with one dollar of the property owner’s own funds.  All funds (grant funds and the match) must be used for improvements to the exterior of the property which are clearly visible.

Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to: 
-    Paint (exterior only)
-    Masonry
-    Signage
-    Landscaping
-    Siding
-    Sidewalk repair
-    Windows
-    Parking Lot Repairs
-    Awnings
-    Exterior Doors
-    Demolition

3.    Applications must include actual bids or estimates which equal or exceed the grant funds requested and matching funds.  Bids or estimates must be from, and work must be completed by, a contractor registered with the City of Scottsbluff.  Costs of materials are also eligible for reimbursement if the property owner provides the labor.
4.    Costs incurred prior to approval of the grant application will not be reimbursed with grant funds or qualify as matching funds.
5.    Applicants must pay for the work and/or materials and submit to the City all receipts for work completed and for materials purchased in order to be reimbursed.

3.    Applications must include actual bids or estimates which equal or exceed the grant funds requested and matching funds.  Bids or estimates must be from, and work must be completed by, a contractor registered with the City of Scottsbluff.  Costs of materials are also eligible for reimbursement if the property owner provides the labor.
4.    Costs incurred prior to approval of the grant application will not be reimbursed with grant funds or qualify as matching funds.
5.    Applicants must pay for the work and/or materials and submit to the City all receipts for work completed and for materials purchased in order to be reimbursed.

For applications submitted after July 14, 2021, all work must be completed and receipts must be submitted to the City for reimbursement by December 31, 2021.

6. Applications will be reviewed by City Staff and presented to the City’s Community Redevelopment Authority (“CRA”).    The CRA plans to hold meetings on the following dates to review applications:
January 13, 2021 
February 10, 2021 (subject to continued availability of grant funds)
March 10, 2021 (subject to continued availability of grant funds) (These meeting dates are subject to change.)   

At each meeting, the CRA will review all applications submitted at least one week prior to such meeting.  Applicants are expected to attend the CRA meeting to present their application to the Community Redevelopment Authority and answer questions.  
The CRA will make recommendations to the City Council, who will make a final funding determination at a meeting following the CRA meeting.  

7.    Approved applicants must give monthly written reports to the City regarding the progress of the project until completed.
8.    Application Period will begin on November 17, 2020 and will continue until all grant funds have been awarded.
9.    All proposed improvements must meet the requirements of the City’s building, fire, and zoning codes.