Sprucing up main streets
November 5 is the deadline to submit applications to receive funding under the South Glengarry Community Improvement Plan, an initiative designed to spruce up the main streets of township villages.
The applications will be reviewed by the approval committee and presented to municipal council December 17.
Eligible business owners, tenants and residents will be able to apply online.
“The township has received many positive comments from the community about the new CIP grant program. There has been lots of interest from residents and business owners,” said Shauna Baggs, South Glengarry Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator. “We look forward to the hearing from interested applicants and are excited to see the impact the improvements will make to the township.”
The CIP grant program will cover up to 50 per cent of a project to a maximum of $7,500.
In 2018, Council budgeted $25,000 for a CIP program to offset costs of property enhancements in designated “Main Street” areas for projects including façade improvements, signage, and landscaping.
Expenses to be covered by the CIP include planning and design, building improvement, commercial signs and awnings, landscaping, public art and improved accessibility.
Following the successful implementation of comparable CIP programs in municipalities across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, South Glengarry looks forward to seeing a similar return -- up to ten times the investment through increased tax assessment, employment opportunities and improved commercial cores.
“Over time, the CIP is expected to build the profile of South Glengarry through increased tourism and community economic development while helping existing businesses expand,” the municipality says.
It is recommended that a pre-consultation take place before an application is submitted.
For more information, contact Shauna Baggs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-347-1166, ext. 264.