The City of Fort Pierce is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to assist in the restoration, renovation, and repair of commercial facades in target areas within the City of Fort Pierce.
The Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program aims to encourage private investment in the visual improvement of commercial storefronts while restoring the original character of historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their privately-owned buildings.
Storefront façade improvements can include, but are not limited to: painting, stucco, masonry, awnings and canopies, affixed signage, exterior lighting, commercial storefront replacement, parking lots and accessibility improvements.
The eligible target areas for the Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program include commercially-zoned properties located along the Orange Avenue corridor, from Hwy. 1 west through 25th Street, along the Avenue D corridor, from Hwy. 1 west through 25th Street and throughout the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Potential applicants should thoroughly read the Grant Guidance that lists types of ineligible properties located within these commercially-zoned areas.
Grant funds are available as a 50% match, up to $5,000 and will be awarded on a ‘First Come – First Qualified – First Served’ basis until all funds are expended. There is approximately $50,000 available for this grant opportunity.
The City’s Communitywide Council (CWC), a group of citizen volunteers, will review all applications. Their recommendations for grant awards will be presented to the City Commission at a regularly-scheduled meeting. Awards will be announced following the City Commission decisions.
The current Commercial Façade Grant Guidance and Application can be accessed online at the City’s website at the link below.
To request an application in English or Spanish, via email or mail, or to obtain more information about the CDBG Commercial Façade Grant opportunity, call 772-467-3169 or email email@example.com. Paper applications can be picked up in the Planning Department located on the 2nd floor at Fort Pierce City Hall, 100 North U.S. Hwy. 1.