The downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program was launched in 2014 to spur downtown revitalization by providing financial assistance for outside, street-facing building repairs. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement of up to $10,000 in matching funds. Since its inception, the City of Tiffin has invested $250,000 in 37 projects, for a total reinvestment in downtown revitalization of nearly $1.2 million.
Here is a recap of the program’s impact, by year, from 2014 to the end of 2016:
The City of Tiffin set aside $50,000 for the Facade Enhancement Grant program. Ten projects were approved, for a total investment of $110,000. View 2014 project list.
Following the successful launch of the program, the city set aside $100,000 for Facade Enhancement in 2015. There were 16 grant approvals, resulting in a $700,000 investment in downtown Tiffin. View 2015 project list.
In 2016, the Facade Enhancement Program was in high demand. The city once again set aside $100,000 for the grant program, and the funds were exhausted halfway through the year. Eleven projects were approved for grant funding, totaling $323,000 in downtown reinvestment. View 2016 project list.
In 2017, the city allotted another $100,000 to the Facade Enhance Program with record results. Just four months into the year, the funds were depleted on 16 projects totaling a $266,000 investment. View 2017 project list.
The program is a first-come, first-serve reimbursement grant program for exterior improvements to buildings in the downtown historic district. It will provide a 50% match up to $10,000 per project for eligible exterior improvements. In order to qualify, a property goes through the standard Architectural Board of Review (ABR) Process using the current ABR Guidelines. During the initial Discussion phase, Downtown Development Coordinator Amy Reinhart will determine if Facade Enhancement funding is still available and if the project qualifies. She will then guide the business through the process.
A step-by-step guide can be found here.