Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Duneland Economic Development
Company (DEDC), has released applications for the Exterior Improvement Grant
Program, formerly known as the FaŤade Grant Program.
“We wish for all
the owners to know that the grants may be used for expenses associated with
not only the faŤade of their buildings, but also the exterior rehabilitation
of their property,” Chamber and DEDC President Maura Durham said.
Funded through the
DEDC, the Exterior Improvement Grant Program fosters and funds projects that
will improve the appearance of commercial buildings in the main corridors of
Duneland communities. It is the DEDC’s philosophy that funding such projects
will draw and increase the number of visitors to downtown areas and enhance
the quality of life for local residents.
requires that a minimum 20 percent of the project be paid for by the
applicant, and it is anticipated that DEDC awards will range from $1,000 to
amounts, however, are subject to change based on the quality of proposed
“This is the last
time we may be able to offer the grant opportunity to our local businesses,
unless we get the continued support from our county officials,” Durham
noted. “We encourage all businesses to submit their projects whether they
have been accepted or not in past years.”
permits must be obtained prior to commencing the project. Applicants should
submit detailed budgets which demonstrate good planning and aesthetic
cooperation with neighboring businesses.
commercial building owners are encouraged to submit applications to the
Chamber office, 220 Broadway in Chesterton.
information or to request an application, call the Chamber office at (219)
926-5513 or e-mail