Purpose, Goal and Objective of Program
The City of Ontario, in its continuing effort to support the revitalization of the Historic Downtown Area, has created a Downtown Storefront Façade Improvement Program (Program) for all property owners within the designated program area. The purpose of the Program is to provide financial assistance to commercial property and/or business owners to make qualifying façade improvements on Euclid-facing buildings.
The goals of the Program are to facilitate commercial revitalization; stimulate private investment and customer patronage; preserve and beautify the Historic Downtown Area; and generate shopping opportunities by creating a pleasant walking environment resulting from the improved visual aesthetics of commercial building façades.
- Downtown Design Guidelines
- Ontario Development Code Section 4.02.050: Historic Preservation-Certificates of Appropriateness and Demolition of Historic Resource
Source of Funds
The Program is being funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
Grant funds shall be available to eligible commercial property and/or business owners who meet the requirements of the Program. The maximum program grant amount per applicant is $25,000. The applicant will be required to contribute a 1:1 leverage of personal funds towards the approved improvements of the building. For example, if the grant amount requested is $10,000, the applicant will need to provide an additional $10,000 worth of improvements within the approved scope of work.