Both the Villard Avenue BID and the City of Milwaukee offer Business Resources and Grants to help assist property and business owners with financial support which covers expenditures for pre-approved building improvements. Simply click on the links below to find out more information about each business assistance program.
FACADE, SAFETY, AND SIGNAGE REIMBURSEMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANT
The revitalization of a commercial district or residential neighborhood often begins with improvements to a single building or storefront. Updates such as fresh paint or a new sign that highlights the assets of your building can positively impact the corridor. Business Improvement District 19 (BID #19) has a grant fund to assist commercial and industrial property owners and businesses in BID #19 with improvements to their facilities.
If you are unsure please contact Kermiath McClendon at 414-286-5820 or by email at Kmccle@milwaukee.gov.
For more information about city-wide grant programs, please visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/DCD
Facade, permanent signage, security, and landscape grants only apply to exterior street façade improvements. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
Applicants can only apply once during each funding cycle. The funding cycles are from January to June and from July to December. The BID reserves the right to change or modify grant cycles.
Ineligible Properties include: those that are not located within BID #19, tax exempt properties, tax delinquent property, property whose owner has other tax delinquencies, property in litigation, property in condemnation or receivership, spaces not deemed as proper retail or commercial space, vacant properties without active businesses lacking a letter of intent to lease, or an accepted offer for purchase, properties with outstanding code violations.