BEAUTIFY YOUR BUSINESS GRANT


BEAUTIFY YOUR BUSINESS GRANT

We all know how important the appearance of storefront is to attract and welcome customers into a business. Businesses that take a little more care with the exterior of their storefront by adding a fresh coat of paint, colourful flowers in a planter, or even a few strands of twinkly white lights, attract more customers and increase sales. Attractive storefronts also help create a more vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for a downtown or main street area.


To help our members enhance their storefronts, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission is launching the ‘Beautify Your Business’ Grant. This grant will subsidize the cost of freshening up storefronts with a maximum grant of $500.00 including tax per business between the dates of April 4, 2022 and November 16, 2022. The grant is available to businesses that are categorized as retail, food and drink, personal care/retail services, attractions, and accommodations. Eligible businesses must be located in the DDBC catchment area.


A business looking to beautify their storefront can use the grant for anything that improves their exterior for the 2022 summer, fall, and/or holiday season, including:

• Paint

• Signage

• Awnings

• Lighting

• Planters

• Flowers

• Patio enhancements and furnishings

• Professional power-washing

• Holiday decorations and trimmings including but not limited to:

o Lights

o Wreaths

o Garlands

o Ornaments

• Labour and/or hardware for any of the above


Businesses should focus on exterior projects that face the street or sidewalk and enhance the pedestrian experience. Interior improvements or improvements to the back of a building or alleyway, are not eligible for the grant.



HOW TO APPLY

Interested businesses or organizations can email Kate d’Entremont, DDBC Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at kate@downtowndartmouth.ca, by 11:59 pm (ADT) on Friday, August 12, 2022, with the following information to be considered for a grant.


• Name of business

• Address

• Contact name and title

• Email and phone number

• Type of business (e.g. restaurant/bar/café, retail, personal care/retail services, attraction, or accommodation)

• Outline of what the grant will be used for and when the grant will be used


Applicants are asked to read the terms & conditions below before submitting a grant application.

*All purchases made and/or work done must be dated between Monday, June 27 and Friday, November 16, 2022, to be used within the 2022 summer, fall, and/or holiday season timeframe.


TERMS & CONDITIONS

The Beautify Your Business Grant is offering grants up to a maximum of $500.00 including tax, per business. Businesses are welcome to apply for an amount LESS than $500.00. Beautify Your Business funding is a one-time-only grant to assist businesses and organizations 'beautify' their storefront for either the 2022 summer, fall, and/or holiday season.


To be eligible for the grant, businesses or organizations must be a Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission (DDBC) member, located in DDBC's catchment area, and either a retail, food and drink, personal care/retail services, attractions, and/or accommodations business. Organizations with more than one business can apply for each business individually.


Exterior enhancements can include the following: paint, signage, awnings, lighting, planters, flowers, patio enhancements and furnishings, professional pressure-washing, decorations including lights, wreaths, garlands, and ornaments, and any labour and/or hardware associated with the improvements. Other items or enhancements may be considered if presented by a business as being necessary to improve the exterior appearance of their storefront. Only improvements or enhancements to the street-facing exterior of a business or organization will be considered. The grant may not be used for interior improvements.


Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm (ADT) on Friday, August 12, 2022. Grant applications will be reviewed and approved by DDBC, contingent upon meeting the evaluation criteria and sufficient funds in the overall program. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants will receive notification within five (5) business days if their application is successful or not. If the funds for the grant are depleted before Friday, August 12, 2022, DDBC will make an official announcement by email to all members and applicants that the grant application process is closed.


Businesses can use the grant for purchases made and/or work done between Monday, April 4 and Friday, November 16, 2022. Once the material is purchased and/or the work is done, the business/organization must submit proof of purchase/payment (receipts and/or invoices with dates between April 4 and November 16, 2022), an invoice addressed to Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission for the material amount (up to $500.00 including tax) and required “before” and “after” photographs of the completed exteriors and a summary of the work undertaken to Kate d’Entremont, DDBC Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at kate@downtowndartmouth.ca by Friday, December 9, 2022. DDBC will provide the funds to the businesses once sufficient proof has been submitted. Refunds will be processed every thirty (30) days and mailed directly to the applicants in the form of a cheque.


Grants are provided at the discretion of DDBC. DDBC reserves the right to either deny payment to the grant recipient, or pay an adjusted amount based on valid receipts received, if it is determined by DDBC that: the Grant Recipient did not use the full amount they were awarded; the materials were purchased outside of the outlined timeframe of Monday, April 4 and Friday, November 16, 2022; or the materials purchased were not eligible or used for the 2022 summer, fall, and/or holiday season.


The Beautify Your Business Grant Program is financially supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency (ACOA) a division of the Government of Canada. DDBC reserves the right to undertake evaluations, reviews and audits of the project, and the Grant Recipient provides consent to DDBC to provide copies of any reviews, evaluations, or audit reports to ACOA. The Grant Recipient authorizes DDBC to share the Grant Recipient’s information with ACOA and authorizes ACOA to further share the information with other government departments and agencies for performance management of the Grant Program. The Grant Recipient will permit ACOA’s access to the information, documents and premises of the participants, for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the funding if requested.


ACOA 'BEAUTIFY YOUR BUSINESS' EVALUATION CRITERIA


Each application will be evaluated by the Recipient and/or the Steering Committee, using pre-determined evaluation criteria, which measures the overall strength of the application, the technical and financial viability of the project, and the degree to which it responds to overall goals of the program. The Recipient and/or the Steering Committee will make a recommendation to accept or decline the application based on the outcome of the evaluation. These details should be available to the Agency upon request.


  1. Businesses or organizations must be a member of a participating BID (Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Kentville Business Community, Main Street Business Improvement District, North End Business Association, Porters Lake Business Association, Quinpool Road Business Association, Sackville Business Association, Spring Garden Area Business Association and Spryfield Business Commission) and located in one of the participating BIDs catchment area.
  2. Businesses must be either a retail, food and drink, personal care/retail services, attractions, and/or accommodation-type business.
  3. Proposed project is for exterior enhancementsthat can include the following: paint, signage, awnings, lighting, planters, flowers, patio enhancements and furnishings, professional pressure-washing, decorations including lights, wreaths, garlands, and ornaments, and any labour and/or hardware associated with the improvements. Other items or enhancements may be considered if presented by a business as being necessary to improve the exterior appearance of their storefront.
  4. Proposed enhancement project strongly supports program beautification goal to enhance the pedestrian experience by creating a vibrant atmosphere.
  5. Proposed project is technically and financially viable.

Please direct any additional questions or comments to: 

Kate d’Entremont, DDBC Marketing & Communications Coordinator

E: kate@downtowndartmouth.ca

P: 902-466-2997