The Department of Planning & Community Development (DPCD) offers a Façade Improvement Grant Program to businesses and property owners for work on first- and second-floor spaces with an active street presence and where other funding sources have not been obtained.
All work completed must be for a commercial building located in a low to moderate-income census tract in the City of Barberton. Façade improvements are strictly for the exterior of the building, visible from the public right of way. Funds cannot be used to correct property damaged by collision, acts of nature, or occurrences covered by insurance. Only work begun after execution of the grant agreement will be eligible for funds. All work must comply with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.
*Buildings located in the Downtown Barberton Historic District require Design Review Board approval before any façade improvements are completed. For more information, please click here for our Historic Preservation page.*
The façade improvement grant requires an eighty/twenty percent (80/20) match. The grant can pay up to a maximum of eighty (80%) of a project’s total cost. The Applicant will be responsible for the twenty (20%) match.