Storefront Improvement

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The Storefront Improvement Grant was established to encourage business owners and commercial property owners to enhance their commercial storefront.

Objectives

  • To improve the visual aesthetic of commercial property and adjoining streetscape.
  • To increase sales and traffic for business owners and commercial property owners.
  • To encourage business owners and commercial property owners to invest in their property for long term viability.

Funding

  • Grant will cover up to 50% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of $10,000, per property. With respect to this grant, a property can be either an entire commercial building or a single unit within a multiple unit commercial building.
  • Amount of grant will be determined based on the following criteria:
    • benefit to the business
    • alignment with business district
    • size and scope of the project
    • visual aesthetics of the project 

Eligibility

  • Property must be located within the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
  • Applicant must have a valid City of Fort Saskatchewan Resident Business Licence.
  • Applicant must be either the owner or a tenant of the commercial property which will receive improvements. 
  • If a tenant is the applicant, they must provide written authorization from the registered property owner. Tenants should have a minimum of three (3) years remaining on a lease from the date of the application.
  • A property is only eligible to receive one grant within a three (3) year period. If a unit within a multi-unit commercial building receives a grant, the remaining units will still be eligible to receive a grant.
  • Applicants who have previously received a City of Fort Saskatchewan Business Development Program grant within the past 3 years will not be eligible. The lone exclusion is if they have received the Small Business Education Grant.  
  • Ground floor commercial use(s) will be given priority, however applications for second storey uses or higher are also eligible.
  • Property owner or tenant must not be in arrears in municipal taxes or utilities for any owned property in Fort Saskatchewan. 

Guidelines & Application
The Storefront Improvement Grant guidelines and application form can be downloaded below. 

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