Storefront Enhancement Grant

Storefront Safety Program

How much are the grants?

Grants are provided on a 50/50 cost/sharing basis to a maximum of $1,500.00.

Who can apply?

All member businesses within the North End BIZ boundaries.  A member business is defined as a business located within the North End BIZ (as defined by by the City of Winnipeg BIZ by-laws) and hat currently pays a levy to the North End BIZ.

Selection:  First preference will be given to member businesses who have never received a grant before.  Second preference is given to businesses that did not receive a grant in 2016. A further condition of the selection process will be visual impact of the project and the overall contribution of the project(s) to the positive improvement to the North End Business Improvement Zone street level view.  Remainder to be chosen by a lottery process.

Criteria:  The property must contain a business paying a City of Winnipeg BIZ levy (as designated by the City of Winnipeg BIZ by-laws).  And the business address must be within the North End Business Improvement Zone; and the business address must be listed on teh North End Business Improvement Zone Annual Rental Value list as compiled by the City of Winnipeg Assessment Department, in conjunction with the City of Winnipeg, Property, Planning and Development Department.  Vacant and/or derelict buildings are not eligible to apply.  Improvements that are not permanently affixed to the building, or business owned land,  i.e., “sales/specials” moveable/seasonal signage.  Preference will be given to structural (necessary vs. cosmetic/promotional) and safety improvements (cameras, improved lighting etc…).  A formal quotation from a registered business must accompany your application.  Further information may be required prior to consideration (if so we will notify you). Only exterior improvements will be considered.   North End BIZ Exterior Safety Lighting Program receipts will NOT be considered for reimbursement.   All decisions by the Board Committee are final.

When can i apply?

Immediately.  Application deadline is April 30th, 2017.  You will be notified by May 30th, 2017, if your grant has been approved.  Note:  A before picture will need to be taken prior to any work being done.

When does the work need to be completed by?

October 30th, 2017 is the deadline.  Once your work has been completed, you must submit original paid invoices.   An after picture will need to be taken.  You will receive your grant cheque within 30 days of receipt of paid invoice(s).

Neighbourhoods Alive Program

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 2017 SEG Program application intake deadline is by 4:30 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017. Applications received after this date will be considered based on funding availability.

When does work need to be completed by?

If you are a successful 2017 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 28, 2017 or your Storefront Enhancement Grant will be forfeited. All project work must be completed and invoices paid by November 24, 2017.