RDC offers 75% match for limited time

The Kendallville Redevelopment Commission has opened applications for a new PreservINg Main Street Matching Grant Program designed to enhance efforts to improve the aesthetic appearance and preservation of historic properties in Kendallville's downtown corridor. Grant awards of up to $50,000 per property may be awarded for façade improvements with up to 75% of costs to be reimbursed. Uses of funding are those deemed eligible under the PreservINg Main Street grant guidelines issued by the Office of Rural and Community Affairs (OCRA). A total of $300,000 has been set aside for this special program. The offer expires when all funds have been distributed, or on November 1, 2023, whichever comes first.


In an opening paragraph of the new grant Guidelines, the RDC explains:


"The PreservINg Main Street Matching Grant Program is designed to encourage both business and building owners to improve the aesthetic appearance of their historical Kendallville building façade in an effort to help stimulate commerce and enhance the overall business environment of the downtown's historic corridor. Grant requests are reviewed monthly by the Historic Preservation Commission for appropriateness before review by the RDC at their regularly scheduled meetings (generally the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8:00am at City Hall). Those businesses requesting a grant are strongly encouraged to either attend the meeting or have a duly appointed representative available (in person, by phone, or via another method) to answer questions about the request that may impact the decision of the RDC. Attached herein are program guidelines for your review, as well as the application."


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