Main Street announces downtown façade grants

Claremore Main Street this month opened up applications for a Façade Grant Program hosted by the nonprofit organization to benefit downtown business and building owners.

The program, which matches the investment made on the exterior of downtown properties dollar-for-dollar, consists of three $1,000 matching grants for the fiscal year ending in June 30.

“These grants really help a building owner make the changes to their downtown property that enhances the overall look and increases the property value. We want encourage works that preserves the historic character of the building and maintains the overall vision of downtown,” said Jessica Jackson, Claremore Main Street executive director.

The organization hopes to extend the grant program in the next fiscal year, Jackson said.

“We are so thankful to be able to offer this grant to our building and business owners. We had been hoping to be able to provide Façade Grant Program this year, but we had to secure the funding,” she said. “We really hope to be able to extend it next year by working it into our budget.”
Eligible improvements include masonry work, window and door repair or replacement, some exterior painting and repair of some awnings, exterior lighting and signage and removal of non-historic materials.

Applications will be given priority if they prove high visual impact, historic or architectural integrity, lasting improvements and are on an active street front.

“The Main Street Board of Directors is pleased to offer this program, which will continue the enhancement of the historic district,” Main Street Treasurer Ray Brown said.

The initial application deadline is May 15. Deadlines will be at the end of every quarter as funds remain available. Projects must be completed within six months of the award notification.

Applicants must be in the current Claremore Main Street boundaries.

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to its mission to enrich downtown Claremore by promoting a healthy downtown economy and advocating for revitalization and historic preservation. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2002.

For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881 or email us. Applications can be downloaded here.

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