Exterior Enhancement Grant

Financial assistance to renovate or restore building facades and adjacent streetscapes in downtown South Bend.

The purpose of the matching grant is to provide assistance in funding well-designed building façade and streetscape improvements that respect the building's history, original design integrity, and adjacent structures and that make a noticeable visual enhancement in the downtown area.

The Hope Building: 


Before façade update.                      After façade update.

This is a rebate program under which owners will be reimbursed 50% (maximum grant of $20,000) of the total amount spent on the project. Examples of qualifying expenditures include, but are not limited to:

Building Exterior: exterior painting, masonry refurbishing, awnings, exterior building lighting, storefront entry systems and individual windows and door replacement or modification.

Streetscape: streetscape plantings, street furniture, curb and sidewalk, street lights and related amenities.

How to apply:
  1. Review the entire Program Guidelines.
  2. Download the Pre-Application and submit it to DTSB with digital pictures of your property.
  3. Once your Pre-Application is approved, you will be asked to fill out the complete Grant Application.

For further questions, please contact Leslie Pinson at 574-968-7291

Note: Grant funds are limited and are awarded to businesses using a points system established by the DTSB Façade Grant Committee.

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.

Please provide the following attachments for your application.

  1. An itemized scope of the work
  2. Agree with Attachments A & B and submit a scanned file
  3. Project estimate(s) along with completed Attachment C (Contractor Pre-Qualification Review Sheets) from two licensed contractors
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png odf pdf doc docx xls xlsx zip.
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