This program is a component of the LISC Indianapolis Inclusive Economic Opportunity Districts that provides matching grants to commercial property owners and business owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. Commercial improvements could include new signage, windows, doors, painting, and/or structural or design changes. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to$20,000 for completed work. Funding is available citywide; however, priority will be given to applicants located in LISC neighborhoods, with a focus on minority, women and veteran-owned enterprise applicants.Additionally, priority will be given for façade improvements that incorporate design elements to prevent crime (e.g. nighttime lighting, windows looking onto streets and parking lots, etc.) and COVID-19adaptations (example: signage, attached awning, walk-up service window, outdoor seating structures, etc.)
The first application deadline is April 9, 2021. There will be 1 – 2 additional funding rounds later in 2021.
The application can be found on the LISC website.