Business Façade Grants

Cambridge Economic Development
Business Exterior Enhancement Program 

Before and after photos of Sam Jaeger buildingThis program offers up to $5,000 in matching funds to individual business and building owners in Cambridge who want to improve the appearance and quality of their building and, in turn, improve the overall look and feel of Cambridge.

The goal of this program is to encourage and support property owners, both in terms of design and financing, to restore or renovate a commercial-building façade. Improvements must occur in areas visible from the public way and must be approved by the Cambridge Planning Commission and City Council.

Photo of facade improvement at The Hair Company in CambridgePhotos here show façade upgrades funded, in part, by these economic-development grants in Cambridge. Beyond the physical and aesthetic business improvements that are a direct results of this matching-grant program, exterior improvements make good economic and business sense for property and business owners. Façade renovations improve property values and help attract new customers.

Who Can Apply?

The building owner can apply for the funding, as long as it is located within the one-mile extra-territorial jurisdiction of the City of Cambridge. The Economic Development Board gives higher priority to projects that use local contractors.

These façade grants are designed to help business owners and operators fund projects that otherwise would not be funded. Applicants who have already taken advantage of the program may apply again for a different project and can have only one outstanding grant per building/business at a time.

Download grant guidelines HERE.
Get an application HERE.

Submit your application to the Economic Development office at the City of Cambridge offices, 722 Patterson in Cambridge, or via email to edcity@swnebr.net. Contact the Economic Development director at 308-697-3711 with questions or to discuss the qualification of a particular project.