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About Community Improvement Grants

Community improvement grants are in place to encourage property and business owners to invest in and improve the look and function of buildings in Newcastle's downtown.

There are six grant programs available for those who want to make changes and upgrades to buildings in downtown Newcastle.

Site Plan Control Fee Grant Program

This grant program assists commercial property owners with the cost of the development process. It helps offset the Site Plan Control Fee to a limit of $3,000.

Infill Project Grant Program

This grant program helps property owners by providing a one-time subsidy to a maximum of $10,000 for new construction in keeping with the streetscape, historical context and other requirements as set out in the CIP.

Building Façade Improvement Grant Program

This grant program is intended to assist property owners with the financing of existing
building façade improvements. The grant provides a subsidy equivalent to 50 per cent of the amount to a maximum of $10,000.

Upgrade to Building Code Grant Program

This grant program helps property owners with the cost of building improvements required to bring older buildings into conformity with the Ontario Building Code. The grant provides a subsidy equivalent to 50 per cent of the amount to a maximum of $10,000.

Signage Grant Program

This grant program helps business owners with the cost of designing and installing new sigs for the Community Improvement Plan area. It provides a subsidy equivalent to 50 per cent of the amount of the new sign or a $2,000 maximum, whichever is smaller.

Accessibility Grant Program

The grant program assists property and business owners with the cost of providing accessibility improvements. The improvements are geared towards making the building more accessible while maintaining its heritage character. The grant provides a subsidy equivalent to 50 per cent of the amount to a maximum of $10,000.

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