MSD Grant Funds Available to Improve Downtown Properties

Posted Jul 29th, 2019 in Feat of the Week

Many of the buildings in Downtown Wilmington have been around for a long time and have suffered wear and tear from exposure to the elements so building façades periodically require restoration. To help building owners make these enhancements, a Façade Improvement Program was recently created. The program is funded by the Municipal Service District.

Awards are available on a matching basis to cover up to 50 percent of the cost to renovate a building façade. The maximum available is $2,500 for a property. Corner properties may be eligible for up to $5,000 for work on two, street-facing sides of the building. Grant funds are allocated by the MSD each year on July 1 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been awarded. This year, a total of $12,000 is available. Certain restrictions apply and applicants with buildings inside the local historic district must seek approval from the Historic Preservation Commission before applying. Follow this link for more information on potential projects and, if eligible, complete the application:

In addition to façade improvement grants, funds are available for landscaping to improve parking lots and other spaces. Landscape Improvement Grants are also available on a matching basis to cover up to 50 percent of the project cost with a maximum of $1,500. For corner properties, projects may be eligible for up to $3,000.

These grants are great for screening off unattractive areas or for beautifying lots by landscaping with trees, shrubs or flowers. If you are interested and your property meets the requirements, you can apply here:

Brochures and application forms are also available at the Wilmington Downtown Inc. office at 221 N. Front Street. If you wish to discuss your project before applying, please contact staff at (910) 763-7349

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