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2023 Facade Grant Program for Businesses and Property Owners in Wisconsin


The BID Grant Program offers small matching grants to downtown business/property owner with the goal to retain and recruit businesses to stay or choose downtown Janesville for their business.

Donor Name: Destination Downtown Janesville

State: Wisconsin

City: Janesville

Type of Grant: Matching Grant

Deadline: 04/28/2023

Size of the Grant: $500-$3,000


The objective of the Facade Grant Program is a matching grant program designed to provide assistance with projects that will make the biggest impact on the streetscape of existing commercial properties within the Business Improvement District. The programs intention is to encourage business growth and to make a positive statement about the Janesville business climate to the community, visitors, existing and potential business tenants.

Funding Information

Grants made under this program shall be a minimum $500 and shall not exceed $3,000 per building. The applicant is expected to provide at least a 50% match or his or her own capital to the total project cost. Grants will only be given for projects that have a minimum investment of $1,000 per building.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All taxable commercial and mixed-use properties located within the Business Improvement District are eligible for this program, with the exception of publicly owned buildings. All properties must be in conforming use under the City’s zoning ordinance except a commercial use that is non-conforming due to lot, bulk, or yard requirements and/or for which a variance has been granted. For the purpose of these programs, no income producing residential properties will be considered as commercial properties.
  • Properties will not be eligible if any special improvement district or property assessments are not paid to date. Grants will only be given for buildings with outstanding building code violations if the grant is primarily intended to reverse those code violations as a first priority. Only one grant application per year per property owner and or tenant per building or address will be allowed.
  • Grant application must be received before work begins. The same grant can only be awarded to the same recipient every 3 years. This is meant to encourage a larger number of businesses receiving grants.
  • Eligible Applicants: Owners, leasers, or a joint venture of these two parties may submit an application under this grant program. Tenants must submit written approval of the property owner and evidence of their leasehold interest.

Eligible Expenses

Include but are not limited to professional design services, awnings and canopies, front and rear improvements, exterior lighting, window and door replacement, masonry work and painting.

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