Culver Façade Grants Look To Improve Town

A new program in Culver looks to improve the look of some of its buildings.

The Town’s Plan Commission says applications have been available for almost a month for façade improvement grants.

By gaining approval through an application process, local businesses could receive up to $10-thousand for work to facades, awnings, painting, and several other projects.

Culver Redevelopment Commission Secretary Tom Yuhas says they have goals for the grant funds.

“What we’re trying to do is help any of our businesses within the Culver business districts to be able to improve the look of their building,” says Yuhas.

The Town of Culver has allocated $30-thousand in the fiscal year budget that could see several projects through to completion.

Businesses applying for the grant funds are expected to provide a match to the work of 50-percent.

The Culver Redevelopment Commission started the program and says if it’s successful it will likely be continued into the following year. Yuhas says the grants will likely come on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We’re not going to split the money up between, if we’ve got 10 people, we’re not going to split the money up,” says Yuhas. “We’re going to try to give whatever the people have requested the full amount of money up to the $10-thousan maximum.”

Previous discussion at Culver Town Council meetings have indicated that applications have been slow to come in.

The Town is hoping that jobs are created locally through the construction work. Businesses are not necessarily required to use local contractors to complete the projects.

Businesses will be able to apply for the grants until the beginning of April.