Applications being accepted for Main Street improvement grants

Bill Nachman - Posted on Feb 26, 2014 - 01:01 PM

The Main Street Preservation Trust has opened applications for property or business owners along Main Street in the Gloucester village to apply for a matching grant to improve the façades of their buildings.

The MSPT plans to award grants totaling a maximum of $50,000 this year, said Jenny Crittenden, the organization’s executive director. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 14.

The grant program provides recipients a 50/50 match, Crittenden said, with MSPT designating up to $20,000 for a single project in any given year. The business match can be more than the amount received from MSPT.

Those who receive an award may apply for funding for future phases of façade improvements, Crittenden said, or can collect receipts for work completed in the year before and then apply for a grant to pay for some of that work done in the next year.

This will be the fourth year that MSPT has made façade grants. Thirteen grants, totaling $130,000, have been made during the last three years, Crittenden said.

Past improvements have included new paint jobs, paving parking lots, landscaping, new signage, maintenance and repair, and new awnings. Roof repairs can be paid for under the program if the roof is visible from Main Street, Crittenden said.