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Façade Improvement Program

A Collaborative Grant Program between Auburn Main Street and the City of Auburn


In conjunction with the City’s Building, Planning and Development Department, the Auburn Main Street is offering a façade grant program to downtown business and/or building owners. The “Facade Improvement Program” is a fifty percent (50%) matching grant, with a maximum grant amount of $2,500. 

The Program focuses on the improvement of existing buildings. Eligible expenses include exterior building improvements, exterior lighting, new and/or renovated signs and awnings, façade windows and doors, and similar projects. In addition to code and ordinance compliance, any facade improvement project shall be required to comply with specific design guidelines intended to retain and/or enhance the character and historical value of the Downtown Business District 





Ineligible Activities and Businesses

The following activities are NOT eligible for grant funding:

  1. Newly constructed buildings
  2. Interior renovations
  3. Roof repair and/or replacement
  4. Decorative fencing and landscaping
  5. Permit fees
  6. Projects already under construction or completed projects

The following businesses are NOT eligible for grant funding:

  1. Tobacco discount stores
  2. Pawn Shops
  3. Check cashing stores
  4. Gun stores
  5. Tattoo and/or body piercing shops

Step 1: Pre‐application Meeting

A pre‐application meeting is the first step in the Façade Improvement Grant application process. To request a pre‐application meeting, please contact:

City of Auburn Planning Director, Amy Schweitzer at 925‐6449 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Auburn Main Street Design Review Committee Chair, Eldon Byler (260) 553-0288.