Downtown Facade Improvement Program


The goal of the Downtown Facade Program is to help business owners invest in their properties, while improving the appearance and historic character of Downtown Delaware.  


Up to a 50-percent matching grant is available to Target Area business or building owners who construct eligible improvements to the facades of their buildings. The City will match dollar-for-dollar an owner's investment in the appearance of their building's storefront facade up to a maximum amount of $20,000.


What Properties are Eligible?

All commercially operated buildings within the designated downtown Target Area are eligible to apply to the Facade Improvement Program – including mixed use commercial and residential structures.   Assistance for residential and institutional only buildings is NOT available at this time.


What Improvements are Eligible?

Funding is available for the following improvements: facade improvements, lighting, siding, painting, fascia, awnings, windows, fire escapes, brick replacement/tuck pointing/stucco and masonry work, parapets and roofing, doors, other visible exterior building components.


What Improvements are Ineligible?

The Facade Improvement Program will not provide funds for interior improvements, operating funds, salaries, activities related to specific downtown promotional events, architectural design assistance, refinancing of existing debt, inventory costs, permit fees, legal fees, plumbing repair or improvements, HVAC repair or improvements, parking lot resurfacing, or sidewalk improvements.


How do I Apply?

Only completed applications which include all required submittal documents and information will be accepted.  The City of Delaware Planning and Community Development Department will review the application for accuracy and will determine if the application meets the requirements for funding.  


Those requirements include adherence to the design guidelines of the City Historic Preservation Commission, in addition to federal environmental review and prevailing wage regulations. If the City approves the application, the applicant must enter into an agreement with the City of Delaware. Project completion per the contractual scope of work is required.  


Matching grant funds will be distributed to the Contractor only after work is satisfactorily completed, the Applicant provides proof of matching payment, and all requested documentation is approved by the City.


Timeline for Approval

Most improvement applications can be processed within a month to allow construction to start quickly.


Where can I get more information?

See the Application

See the Facade Program Guidelines Program

See the Target Area map

See the Brochure

David M. Efland, AICP
Director of Planning & Community Development


Contact Information
Planning & Community Development
City of Delaware
1 South Sandusky Street
Delaware, Ohio  43015

(740) 203-1600 tel
(740) 203-1699 fax 

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