The City of Marinette has 50/50 Façade Improvement Program (FIP) grant money up to $10,000 form commercial/retail buildings in the downtown and Menekaunee Harbor areas, including businesses along Ogden and Hosmer Streets.

The goal of the FIP is to encourage improvements that stress the historic significance and uniqueness of business structures through building restoration. The city’s financial participation would be 50% of the eligible rehabilitation improvement project total cost. A business could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 in grant funding. Preliminary façade assistance is budgeted at $30,000 for 2021.

The façade funding is targeted for downtown/Menekaunee Harbor location enhancements that meet the application criteria that must be reviewed and approved first through the Façade Improvement Program Committee and then through the common council. When submitting the application, note that a spokesperson must be present at the FIP committee for questions (meeting time to be determined).

There are two grant application deadlines available: The spring, March 1 application with the completion date no later than Dec. 31 of the current year and the fall, Sept. 1st application deadline with a completion date no later than Dec. 31st of the following year. Funding is limited, with preference given to commercial properties seeking to restore historic character to the buildings. If all grant monies are dispersed in the spring, funding may not be available for the Fall cycle.

Applications are available at the City website: www.marinette.wi.us under Departments/Mayor/Façade Improvement Program. Please review qualifiers and rules before applying or contact Jan Kust at the Community Development Office, 1905 Hall Avenue Ph#715.732.5139.