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Eligible Areas to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Business Façade Improvement Grant Program

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Laurel Department of Economic and Community Development (Laurel ECD)

Deadline Date:

07/01/22 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Maryland business property owners in eligible locations to mitigate the financial effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to support the restoration and construction of the façades of office, commercial, and industrial properties located in the City of Laurel.

The goals of this Program are:

  • To invest in commercial, office, and industrial properties located within the City that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • To assist property owners with the rehabilitation of the facades of their commercial, industrial, or office property located in the City to create a positive visual impact to attract new business and spur additional private investment to offset the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Use of Funds:

  • Exterior painting
  • Exterior lighting
  • Exterior doors, windows, and shutters
  • Replacement or repair of exterior stucco, tile, masonry work, or siding
  • Permanent Signage, canopies, and awnings (must be located on the property)
  • Restoration of historic components of the structure
  • Replacement or repair of walkways, sidewalks, or paths
  • Repairs to exterior porches or decks, including handrails, banisters, and/or support columns
  • Replacement or repair of fencing
  • Professional, engineering, architectural, and permit fees

In order to be approved for funding, at least fifty percent (50%) of the façade improvements proposed in each application must be clearly visible from a public right-of-way, as determined by the City in its sole judgment and discretion. Upon the award of any grant: (1) the owner/applicant shall be required to obtain all necessary permits and inspections through the City’s Office of the Fire Marshall and Permit Services for the construction/installation of the façade improvements as described in the grant application; and (2) all improvements shall be completed by licensed and insured professionals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 201503

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The City will provide grants of between $5,000 and $200,000.

This Program will award grants to property owners located in the City of Laurel in amounts based upon the total above-grade square footage of the commercial, office, or industrial building(s) as shown below:

Total Above-Grade Square Footage:
- 0-15,000: Up to $50,000
- 15,001-100,000: Up to $100,000
- 100,001 +: Up to $200,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- Only the legal property owner may apply for a grant under this program, and each application shall apply to only one (1) separate property.
- If the property is owned by a business entity, the business must be in good standing with the State of Maryland
- The applicant must be current on all City, County, State, and Federal tax payments
- The applicant and property must be free of any outstanding code violations
- If the property is currently occupied by business tenants, all tenants must have a current and valid City of Laurel Use and Occupancy permit
- The property must be located within the municipal boundaries of the City, and must be located in one of the following zones:
-- C-N – Commercial Neighborhood
-- C-C – Commercial Community
-- C-G – Commercial General
-- C-SH – Commercial Shopping Center
-- C-V – Commercial Village
-- C-VAC – Commercial Village Activity Center
-- O-B – Office Building
-- O-B-E – Office Building
-- I-CS – Industrial Commercial Services
-- I-G – Industrial General
-- I-RTP – Industrial Research and Technology Park

The property owner must demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the commercial, industrial, or office property. This can be achieved by one or more of the following ways:
1. The property experienced a loss of business tenant(s) between March 3, 2021 and January 3, 2022
2. The property experienced a loss of revenue between March 3, 2021 and January 3, 2022 due to business tenant(s) being unable to pay their monthly lease expenses
3. The business tenants experienced a loss of revenue between March 3, 2021 and January 3, 2022 compared to revenue of 2019

Ineligible Properties or Persons:
- Properties that do not meet the eligible zoning requirements
- Properties in which elected or appointed officials of the City, or City Staff members, have a financial interest of at least 25% shall not be eligible for this grant.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Interior renovations
- Landscaping (e.g. plants, trees, mulch)
- Non-permanent fixtures (e.g. exterior furniture, A-frame signs)
- Roof replacement or repair
- Foundation work
- Parking lot, parking pad, or driveway improvements

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply will be Friday July 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

One application per business entity will be accepted. While an owner may submit more than one grant application, a separate grant application shall be required for each individual property in the City, and if a grant is awarded, it shall be applied solely to the property on the grant application.

If your property is located within the boundaries of the City of Laurel Historic District, prior to approval, your application will need to go before the Historic District Commission for approval. To see if your property is located in the Historic District, see the Historic District Address List in Supporting Documents below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/79092-City-Of-Laurel

If assistance is needed with the application, please contact ECD@Laurel.md.us.

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