Initial applications are being sought for a grant program that started in mid-November allowing Scottsbluff business owners with properties in blighted areas to apply for assistance for improving the facade or street view of their properties.
City Economic Development Director Starr Lehl encourages interested businesses to apply through their website as soon as possible to get in on the first application review.
“As the applications come in, the Community Redevelopment Authority will look over the applications, give them a preliminary approval and after that they go to the City Council for final approval,” said Lehl. “But we’re looking at meeting on Jan. 13 to go over the first set of applications, so we’d really like to encourage people to get them in. They do need to have qualified bids from contractors licensed within the city of Scottsbluff.”
The minimum grant amount is $500 and the maximum amount is $10,000 per property. City funds must be matched dollar for dollar by the property owner, and costs of materials are also eligible for reimbursement if the property owner provides the labor.