The Indy Chamber is currently partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) on a small business façade rebate program, aimed at helping local businesses fund much needed upgrades to their storefronts, etc.
The Small Business Facade Program is a component of LISC’s Economic Development: FOCUS campaign and provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes.
This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets.
The Indy Chamber offers various resources in coordination with this program, including providing assistance to participating businesses as they make their way through permitting and regulatory obligations associated with their façade upgrades. You can contact our Regulatory and Permitting Ombudsman, Luke Bosso for more information on this service.
Additionally, the Indy Chamber Entrepreneur Services division is assisting through our microlending program. If you are participating in the façade rebate program and need a microloan for funding assistance, you can apply for one of our small business microloans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Interested in this service? Contact our Entrepreneur Services team today at 317-917-3266 to learn more.
For more information, visit www.liscindianapolis.org. You can also download the 2014 Facade Program Application (versión en español).