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Business Façade Program

2017 Information - This will be updated with 2018 information upon notification that the District of Wells was successful in its application.

The District of Wells has once more been successful in accessing $20,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) for a Business Façade Improvement Grant program.

Final Deadline for applications is May 31, 2017.

The purpose of this program is to help property and business owners renovate, restore and repair retail or commercial building façades in the “1930's Mining Town Development Permit Area.”  The goal of the program is to encourage owners of buildings to invest in upgrades that create a more appealing streetscape and an environment that attracts new visitors and businesses and renews interest of residents and returning visitors.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Make the heritage District of Wells a more inviting and interesting place to eat, shop, walk and stay
  • Promote the marketability of retail and commercial businesses
  • Improve the quality of life residents, workers and visitors to Wells enjoy
  • Build civic pride among the business community and the citizens.

Grant Amounts

The program can provide grants of UP TO 50% of the eligible improvements to a MAXIMUM of $5,000.  Depending on the budget, demand and number of applications that meet the requirements, a portion of the application may be approved.

For home-based way-finding signage, the program can provide UP TO 50% of eligible costs to a MAXIMUM of $500.

Eligible Façade Improvements

Eligible improvements may consist of but are not limited to:

  • Exterior lighting (new but not replacement);
  • Exterior architectural features;
  • Exterior surfaces and details (decorative details, moldings, trims etc.);
  • Windows (only if part of larger enhancements, no stand-alone window replacement);
  • New siding;
  • Façade Painting;
  • Entrances and doorways (only if part of larger enhancements, no stand-alone entrance/doorway replacement); and
  • Awnings.
  • Signage (affixed to the building);
  • Way finding signage (sign located on the business property i.e. at the bottom of a driveway) Signs are eligible for 50% to a maximum of $500 and must adhere to any signage bylaws and regulations.

If you would like to do something that is not on this list, please contact us for discussion as this is not a complete list of eligible projects. Your idea may be eligible so please contact us!

Samples of documents from 2017 Program

Program Guidelines for 2017

Program Application for 2017








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