FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 4, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsey Payne Johnstone, DBP Program Director
Downtown Bellingham Partnership
lindsey@downtownbellingham.com
(360) 527-8710
https://www.downtownbellingham.com/sig

Downtown Bellingham Partnership Announces 2022 Storefront Improvement Grant

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) is pleased to offer a competitive matching grant program to assist Downtown businesses with making improvements to their building facades, signage, and/or surroundings. This grant is established as a matching grant, in which the DBP will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements, to a maximum of $2,000 for a single property.

Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be physically located within the Downtown Bellingham neighborhood. Awards shall be based on creativity, visual impact, degree of change between before and after, and level of contribution to neighboring properties and downtown revitalization. The scope of the improvement project should have a quick installation and is for work done to the exterior of the site only; interior work or projects are not eligible. Examples include façade improvements (e.g. vinyl decals), signage, landscaping, plants and containers, paint, window signage, lighting and creative and imaginative exterior elements. 

2022 Grant Timeline:

April 4, 2022    Application period opens.

April 25, 2022  Application period closes.

May 2022         Project committee selects recipient.

July 2022         Goal for projected and reimbursement to be completed.

To apply, go to Downtown Bellingham’s website: https://www.downtownbellingham.com/sig

About the Downtown Bellingham Partnership

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership works to enhance, promote, and advocate for a vibrant city center in Downtown Bellingham. For more information on the Partnership and upcoming events please visit www.downtownbellingham.com or call 360-527-8710.

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