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About Community Improvement Grants

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

There are five grant programs available for people who want to make changes and upgrades to buildings in downtown Orono.

Signage Grant Program

This grant program helps business owners with the cost of designing and installing new signs in the commercial zone (Main Street) of the Community Improvement Project Plan area. The grant provides 50 per cent of the cost of the new sign, not to exceed $2,000.

Façade Improvement Grant Program

This grant program helps property owners with improvements to existing building façades. 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 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.

Brownfield Project Grant Program

This grant program helps property owners by providing a one-time subsidy to assist with the cost of the construction on a brownfield property to a maximum of $10,000. New buildings are to be designed in keeping with the historical context of Orono.

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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