Facade Grant Programs

Facade grants assist building owners in improving the appearance of their business.

All Façade Grant Programs are incentive matching (50/50) grant programs funded by the Denison Development Alliance (DDA) to improve the appearance of buildings that are in highly visible areas as defined by the Denison Development Alliance and to encourage quality design. Façade Grants are designated to assist in three areas, each with unique requirements and qualifications:

  • Commercial Historic Overlay District (CHOD)
  • Gateway properties, and
  • Perimeter properties.

Any retail, non-profit, or commercial building/business owner within the designated program areas (see map) is eligible to apply. The grant application and support documents must be submitted prior to any work being initiated. Limited funding is available. Therefore, some applications may not be approved due to limited funding.

Denison Gateway Façade Grant Program

The Denison Gateway Façade Grant Program focuses on projects along targeted Denison “Gateways” – the major roads that lead to the heart of Denison (see map). The grant application and support documents must be submitted to the DDA for review prior to any work being initiated. Grant funding limit: up to $5,000 per building address for street-front façades only.

Learn more and download the application here.

Denison Perimeter Façade Grant Program

The Denison Perimeter Façade Grant Program focuses on projects along designated “Perimeter” areas – adjacent to Downtown Denison (see map).  The grant application and support documents must be submitted to the DDA for review prior to any work being initiated. Grant funding limit: up to $25,000 per building address, based on façade square footage.

Learn more and download the application here.

Denison Commercial Historic Overlay District Façade Grant Program

This Façade Grant focuses on projects in the Commercial Historic Overlay District (CHOD). Maintaining the City’s historical significance is supported by the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) that works to ensure projects meet established standards. The HPB application process is separate from DDA Façade Grant consideration but HPB actions, decisions and opinions will be taken into consideration in the Façade Grant Application Process. The HPB approval is required for building permits. The grant application and support documents must be submitted to Denison Main Street and DDA prior to any work being initiated. Grant funding limit: up to $25,000 per building address, based on façade square footage.

Learn more and download the application here.

CHOD participants will also need to complete and submit the City of Denison Historic Preservation Board Certificate of Appropriateness Application and the DDA Addendum to HPB Certificate of Appropriateness Application.

Facade Grant Program Project Zones

Map Grant program project zones 2020-21