Downtown Berkley Facade Grant Program Overview


Program Objectives

The Berkley Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) goal is to improve the quality of life for its citizens and business owners by fostering attractive, economically viable commercial districts along 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway. In order to reach this goal, the Berkley DDA has established a Façade Grant Program..

Program Administration

The program will be overseen by the Berkley DDA's Design Committee; it will offer design, technical and financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners within the DDA District seeking to renovate or restore the exterior of their buildings.

How the program works

Grant funding will be allocated to building rehabilitation and renovation projects in the form of a 50/50 matching grant. For example, if an applicant is painting his/her building and it costs $1,500.00 the amount of assistance made would be a maximum of $750.00. If, for instance, more significant improvements were made to the tune of $20,000.00, the maximum grant assistance would be up to $5,000.00.

The DDA’s grant dollars will be distributed through a tiered system based on the improvements made:

  • Up to $1,000 for paint and other basic cosmetic updates

  • Up to $2,500 for paint, signage, awnings, and lighting

  • Up to $5,000 for paint, signage, awnings, lighting, glazing, historic building renovations/restoration, and other significant building enhancements.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for each calendar year or until the funds are used up.

A Facade Grant application must come to the Berkley DDA BEFORE it is approved by the City of Berkley, the City of Berkley Downtown Design Review Board, or the City of Berkley Planning Commission AND before any work has begun. All improvements must comply with standards set forth in the Downtown Design Guidelines and all applicable Building and Property Maintenance Codes.

Funding for façade projects will be paid through a reimbursement process. Only after the applicant has paid for the work to be done will the applicant be reimbursed for the granted dollar amount. How much each applicant gets will be determined by how many grant applications are received and how the project is scored. 

Eligibility Criteria

All improvements must comply with standards set forth in the DDA's Downtown Design Guidelines, and all applicable Building and Property Maintenance Codes.

Find out if you are eligible to apply

This program is for properties located in the DDA District. See map below.

Applicants for participation in the program can be property owners or tenants with a minimum of two years remaining on their lease, or have an option to renew their lease with written permission from property owner (include letter with application). NOTE: Taxes for property must be up to date including personal property taxes if applicable.

Eligible Improvements

The following are the types of projects that are eligible for funding:

  • Removal of materials which cover original architectural details

  • Repair and/or restoration of original architectural details

  • Replacement of original architectural details

  • Window repair or replacement including window framing (must match original in size, style and scale)

  • Repainting and repair of facade

  • Signage

  • Awnings

  • Exterior lighting

  • Glazing and exterior door replacement

Other improvements can be made if they meet the objectives of the program and have prior written approval from the Berkley DDA.

Ineligible Improvements

The following improvements do not qualify for the Façade Grant Program:

  • Improvements made prior to Grant proposal

  • Interior improvements

  • Removal of architecturally important features

  • New construction and additions

  • Sweat equity (payments for applicant’s own labor)

  • Planting or landscaping

  • Residential properties, excluding mixed use


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