CITY OF TOLEDO FIG PROGRAM INCLUDES NON-COMMERCIAL MURALS
The Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) program helps property owners transform the facade of commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings located in low-to-moderate income census tracts by providing a 50% matching grant to reimburse expenses incurred during a comprehensive facade improvement. The minimum grant amount is $10,000 and the maximum grant amount is $40,000.
The FIG program is funded by Federal Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) dollars. Therefore, grant funds are subject to federal requirements. The program is subject to a two-year period of compliance, reporting, and annual inspection by the City of Toledo. The grant is collateralized by a promissory note that is secured by a mortgage on the property for two years. Applications will be processed in the order they are received and grants will be awarded as funding is available.
Eligible applicants, whether individual or entity, meet the following criteria:
*Applicant owns the building for which they are applying
Applicant is in good standing with governmental entities (i.e. current on income tax, property tax, utilities, code violations, fees).
*If the applicant does not own the building for which they are applying but does have the building under contract, the applicant is eligible to apply for the grant. However, grants will not be awarded until the applicant owns the building for which they are applying.
Eligible buildings must:
A building's eligibility is determined by use, not zoning.
Eligible buildings include:
A building is ineligible to receive the grant if it contains businesses in the following industries:
Payday loan businesses
Liquor and tobacco stores
Firearm or other weapons dealers
Passive real estate investments
Buildings with vacancies are required to provide a marketing plan that demonstrates their intention to actively market the property for commercial, industrial, or mixed-uses, a letter of intent from a business to occupy the space, or a statement of self-occupancy by the building owner. Buildings with an exclusively single-family residential or multi-family residential use are not eligible. A building may not receive more than one Facade Improvement Grant in its lifetime.
The Facade Improvement Grant provides funding for a comprehensive enhancement to a building's facade. A facade is defined as the side of a building that faces a public street and contains a customer or primary entrance. Eligible projects include replacement, repair, or addition of at least two of the expenses below.
Eligible expenses include:
Building facing materials
Gutters and down spouts
Exterior lighting (including lighting directed on the building, but not attached to it)
Non-commercial artist mural approved by The Arts Commission
Walk-up service window
Permanent patio or deck
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessment recommendations for the building facade.
Roofing expenses are eligible, but non-reimbursable expenses, which are applicable toward an applicant's match amount and must be accompanied by at least two of the expenses listed above to be eligible for the FIG.
Ineligible expenses include:
All enhancements must be located on private property and comply with zoning and building codes to be eligible for the Facade Improvement Grant. Any eligible expense incurred prior to the execution of the Facade Improvement Grant Agreement, or work performed without required permits, is ineligible.
A minimum of three quotes is required for each eligible expense, listed as a separate line item. Quotes must confirm adherence to Davis Bacon requirements, be on contractor letterhead, have individual line items for each eligible expense, and clearly identify the scope of work and estimated cost. Contractors shall have required licensing, bond, and insurance, and all work shall be performed according to applicable codes (i.e. Ohio Revised Code and Toledo Municipal Code).
Projects shall be completed within 12 months of the Effective Date of the Facade Improvement Grant Agreement.