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Facade Improvement Grant

The Barton County Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) program provides financial assistance to businesses and property owners for façade improvements to downtown areas to create a visual impact and increase economic prosperity, accessibility, and quality of life in Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Hoisington, Kansas.  Our Program Summary provides more details.  

 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be the property owner or business tenant and in good standing with the Government and local authorities.
  • The building must be located in a defined downtown district, as determined by Barton County.
  • Governmental entities, public, quasi-public authorities, nonprofits, utility providers, home-based businesses, and storage buildings are ineligible for funding.
  • Funds are for existing street-facing commercial properties in the defined community downtown areas of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Hoisington, Kansas.
  • The program gives priority to retailers and restaurants.
  • Funds may not be used for work begun before receiving a Grant Award Letter and Grant Agreement from Barton County.
  • No more than one property, per application.
  • No more than three properties, per year, per owner(s), and shareholders.

 

Defined Downtown Districts

Barton County has determined that Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Hoisington downtown retail centers are areas of priority funding for purposes of this program.  

 

Grant Amount

Applications submitted through December 31, 2021, grants will be provided in the amount of up to 75% of eligible project costs, with a maximum award of $20,000.  Funding amounts are determined based on project size, match, and visual impact.

 

Starting January 1, 2022, grants will be provided in the amount of up to 50% of eligible project costs, with a maximum award of $15,000.  Funding amounts are determined based on project size, match, and visual impact.

 

Funding is available until program funds are depleted.  Barton County reserve the right to alter, amend, or discontinue the program at any time without written notice. It is the intent of the program to have program in multiple communities. 

 

 

Design Guide

  • The exterior project should make a noticeable contribution to the revitalization of the downtown areas.
  • The exterior project should be compatible with and complement adjacent buildings. 

 

 

Reimbursable Expenses

  • Eligible reimbursable expenses include but are not limited to exterior street-level improvements such as awnings, paint, windows, doors, lighting, railing, fencing, molding, restoration of architectural details, and accessibility ADA compliant projects. Improvements may include exterior masonry work, cornices, shutters, gutters, historical architectural elements.
  • In-eligible reimbursable expenses include but are not limited to interior projects, HVAC systems, roofs, landscaping, water spigots, murals, consumable goods, maintenance agreements, security systems, supplies, temporary products, chain-link fence, debris removal, parking surface areas, utility lines, and projects that involve insurance claims.

 

Application Checklist

Please submit the application and ALL its contents at the same time. 

  • Application: (name must match W9 & the deed to the property unless the building tenant is applying to which they will need a letter signed by the property owner)
  • Application Narrative: see application
  • Photos: the building's exterior, including problem areas that will be renovated.
  • Quotes: all project expenditures must be from a Barton County licensed contractor(s) & vendor(s).  If you are not able to secure a Barton County contractor or vendor for your project, provide a thorough explanation as to why not.
  • Samples & Renderings: visuals of the finishes and products that will be used in the façade improvement.
  • Property Insurance: must match the building address
  • W9: (name must match W9 & the deed to the property unless the building tenant is applying to which they will need a letter signed by the property owner)

 

Barton County retains the option to obtain its own cost estimates for any project.  Please allow 60-days for your application to be reviewed. 

 

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