The Bridgewater Facade Society, in a partnership with the Town of Bridgewater, is pleased to offer a matching grants program, valued at up to $5,000, for commerical premises or business owners who wish to undertake exterior renovation projects in the King Street Architectural Control Area (the Victoria Road to Maple Street block of King Street, inclusive; refer to the map below) in Downtown Bridgewater.
Why facade improvement?
In 2016, Bridgewater Town Council voted to support the creation of the Bridgewater Facade Society and its Facade Improvement Program for the downtown. Facade Improvement Programs are widely accepted as a way to engage private business and landowners in sprucing up the exterior appearance of their buildings. The resulting changes can help to revitalize a given area of the community, breathing new life and energy into areas that are tired. From major renovations to something a s simple as a fresh coat of paint, Facade Improvement Programs go a long way to helping to improve the experience of vistiors and customers in shopping districts.
About the Program
For the 2016-17 year, Bridgewater Town Council committed $50,000 to aid the Bridgewater Facade Society in establishing a Bridgewater Facade Improvement Program.
Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet the criteria and objectives outlined in the program application package.
While 2016-17 saw some uptake from our downtown business and building owners, there is still plenty of money remaining in the Facade Society's grant program -- so it's not too late to access matching funds up to $5,000 for approved facade renovations!
About the Bridgewater Facade Society
The Bridgewater Facade Society is a non-profit society recognized by the Registry of Joint Stocks. The Society is made up of an six-member Board of Directors, representing stakeholders in Bridgewater, from the business community to private citizens, who serve as volunteers. The Society is responsible for reviewing and assessing all applications and administering the whole of the Bridgewater Facade Improvement Program.
The Society directors include: Kenneth Young (chairman), Peter Oickle (vice-chair), Tobi Balzer (Corproate Secretary), Even Lemieux, Jill Cooper, and Dan Hennessey.
For more information, you can contact Peter Oickle at 902-543-6890.