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Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program

Larger eligibility map available below.

Central Maine Growth Council (CMGC) is pleased to offer a grant program to assist in the restoration, renovation, redevelopment, and repair of commercial buildings in Waterville’s downtown district.

The Façade & Building Improvement Grant, launched in 2019, assists property owners and commercial tenants in making capital improvements to building facades. We aim to encourage new and existing property owners and businesses to invest in their commercial storefronts, awnings, and signs, while restoring the original character of historic buildings and providing a catalyst for others to improve the visual appearance of their privately-owned businesses.

2020 Application Program Resources

Please note that grant applications are due on April 1, 2020

Program Guidance
Eligibility Map
Grant Application and Budget Form
• Watch the recording of our March 19th grant workshop (details below)

2020 Grant Workshop
Date: March 19, 2020
Details: All interested grant applicants are encouraged to attend this grant workshop. We will discuss the grant application process, design guidelines for proposed projects, and answer questions related to your project.
Important Documents: Workshop Slide Deck and FBIGP Memo
Watch Recording: Click here to watch the recording of our grant workshop. Note: if you were unable to attend the workshop, please watch this recording and contact CMGC (207-680-7300, director@centralmaine.org) with questions.

Thank you to our workshop sponsor!

Click here for ND FCU Handouts

Congratulations, 2019 Grantees!
CMGC is proud to announce the successful grantees of its Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program in downtown Waterville:

⋅ 46 Main St. – Framemakers
⋅ 48 Main St. – Enchanted Herbs & Teas*
⋅ 52 Main St. – Children’s Book Cellar
⋅ 54 Main St. / 33 Concourse E – SBS Carbon Copy
⋅ 72 Main St. – Holy Cannoli
⋅ 80-88 Main St. – Day’s Jewelers
⋅ 129 Main St. – Tap, LLC
⋅ 137 Main St. – Amici’s Cucina*
⋅ 139 Main St. – Opa
⋅ 177 Main St. – Selah Tea Cafe
⋅ 177-179 Main St. – Black Cape Comics & Selah Tea Cafe
*withdrawn per grantee request

Which Local Contractors Do This Work?

The following list of local contractors is not exhaustive – it is meant to be a helpful guide to start your contractor search and bidding process. These contractors have demonstrated a commitment to downtown Waterville’s revitalization, and may already have familiarity with facade restoration and improvement.

Bowman Constructors – a general constructor for commercial and institutional projects, Bowman’s past historic renovation work includes additions and renovations to the Piscataquis County Courthouse.
Jacobs Glass & Restoration – specializing in historic restoration and preservation, particularly the restoration of historic windows, Jacob’s also performs masonry, storefront, and wood restoration work. Past historic projects include Gilman Street Apartments in Waterville and the Bath Customs House in Bath.
Kavestone LLC – specializing in construction and home improvements, Kavestone services include framing, siding, windows, roofing, granite, tile, and stone veneer. Past/current historic projects include OPA restaurant in Waterville and the former Boys & Girls Club in Waterville.
Landry/French Construction – the all-phases general contractor who recently completed Colby College’s Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons, Landry/French’s past historic renovation work includes Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth and the Charles E. Moody School in Hinckley.
Sheridan Construction – a design/build commercial contractor and certified Butler builder, Sheridan’s past historic work includes the renovation of the Waterville Opera House and the restoration and renovation of the Gerald Hotel in Fairfield.

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