Provincial Storefront Grants

What is the storefront enhancement grant program?

North End Revitalization Incorporated (NERI), in partnership with Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA!), in cooperation with the North End BIZ, Selkirk Avenue BIZ, and the Between the Parks Business Association have established the Storefront Enhancement Grant (SEG) Program for local small businesses and non-profit agencies/organizations in the North End. The SEG Program promotes local community investment by providing cost-shared non-repayable funding grants to eligible North End small businesses and non-profit agencies and organizations for exterior renovations to the frontage of their property (visible to passing traffic) that enhances the appearance, safety, and value of their property. The program is administered by the North End Business Development Centre.

How much are the grants?

SEG Program grants are provided on a cost-sharing basis up to a maximum of $3,000.00. Fund availability may limit the amount of funds approved for individual projects. Vacant commercial properties are limited to $1,000.00 maximum.

Who can apply?

All local North End small businesses and non-profit agencies and organizations located within the NERI/NECRC catchment neighbourhoods are eligible to apply for a grant. For specific boundaries, please see the attached Map of NECRC North End Boundaries or contact NECRC/NEBDC for clarification. Businesses or non-profits that reside outside these communities are not eligible to apply. Property owners of vacant and/or derelict commercial buildings are eligible to apply for a smaller grant to a maximum of $1,000.00. Please note that preference for grant selection will be given to first-time applicants, clustering opportunities and projects utilizing North End suppliers. Successful applicants can only receive a grant from the SEG Program once within a two (2) year period.

When can I apply?

The 2020 SEG Program applications will be considered based on funding availability.

When does work need to be completed by?

If you are a successful 2020 Storefront Enhancement Grant recipient you will need to provide sufficient evidence/proof that the exterior enhancements/renovations specified on your application form have started and/or are in progress by Friday, July 24, 2020 or your Storefront Enhancement Grant will be forfeited. All project work must be completed and invoices paid by November 27, 2020.