Facade Grant Incentive Program

Program Guidelines

Bringing History Back to Downtown Storefronts

View the guidelines (PDF) last amended November 2018.


The Façade Incentive Grant Program is developed by the Design Committee of Charlevoix Main Street (CMS).

Program Purpose

The grant program was created to encourage private investment in historic facades by providing financial incentives. Historically sensitive rehabilitation and dramatic improvement of facades in downtown Charlevoix will encourage good design that will serve as quality examples to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Charlevoix. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the Program helps to improve the economic viability of the downtown.

Source of Funding

This program is funded by Charlevoix Main Street DDA. The number of projects receiving grants in a fiscal year is based on program budget, with a new funding cycle beginning April 1. Grants are awarded biannually in August and January if funds are available.

Amount Available

$20,000 is available this fiscal year. $7,700 remains for the second round of funding.

Grant Timing

Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2019. The Design Committee meets on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 4pm to review. Then the recommendation is given to the Charlevoix Main Street DDA Board at their meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5:30pm. If the applicant is not present at the Board meeting they will be notified within 7 days by phone, email, or mail.  

Applications, Maps,  & Exhibits


Before and After Photos

Brick building with green roof
North Bound building
Brick building
True North Building
Town House Bar building
Town House Bar building 2
52 Weekends building
52 Weekends store front
Building under construction
Building and Van Pelt Alley
simonsens before and after