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.
For the 2016-17 year, Bridgewater Town Council committed $50,000 to aid the Bridgewater Facade Society in establishing a Bridgewater Facade Improvement Program. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately following the program's official launch on July 22, and applications for this year will continue to be accepted and considered by the Society's Board of Directors until the funding pot is depleted.
Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet the criteria and objectives outlined in the program application package.
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 eight-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: Peter Oickle (chairman), Kenneth Young (vice-chair), Ida Scott (Treasurer), Tobi Balzer (Corproate Secretary), Even Lemieux, Sara Harley, Dan Hennessey, and Madeline Myers.
For more information, you can contact Peter Oickle at 902-543-6890.