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Community Improvement Grants

Community Improvement Plans (CIPs) are used to develop a framework to encourage rehabilitation and revitalization of public areas. A CIP allows a municipality to provide financial incentives designed to stimulate building and property improvements, redevelopment and new development in a specific area.

The Courtice Main Street CIP provides incentives when certain performance standards are achieved.

Community Improvement Grants are a way to encourage revitalization. For instance, we offer grants to property and business owners as an incentive to improve the look and functionality of existing buildings in our historic downtown areas of Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono.

You can obtain grants for:

  • New signage
  • Heritage fa√ßade upgrades
  • Building Code upgrades
  • Infill (redevelopment of a brownfield) or Reconstruction (following a fire) grant
  • Permit or application fee grants
  • Accessibility improvements

The historic downtown CIPs have a community liaison group with stakeholder member representatives of the business community in each of the downtowns.  Planning Services Staff meet quarterly with the liaison groups. The groups identify issues and concerns.

Should you have any questions or comments please contact Sarah Allin.

Community Improvement Plans - Review and Renewal

In 2016, Clarington's Planning Services Department began a review of the Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono Community Improvement Plans (CIPs).

The focus of the CIP review was to reassess the vision and purpose of the plans and to address identified concerns within each community.

Council approved the amendments to the BowmanvilleNewcastle and Orono Community Improvement Plans on January 15, 2018.



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