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Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program

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.

2022-23 Application Program Resources

Please note that grant applications are due on December 22, 2022
Program Guidance
Eligibility Map
Grant Application and Budget Form

2022 Grant Workshop
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 pm
Details: All interested grant applicants are required 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: FBIGP Memo

To watch a recording of the 2022-23 FBIGP Workshop, click here!


Thank you to our workshop sponsor!

Click here for NDFCU Handouts

Congratulations, 2022-23 Grantees!
CMGC is proud to announce the successful grantees of its Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program in downtown Waterville:

  • – 177 Main Street – Selah Tea Cafe, LLC.
  • – 147 Main Street – Soul Revival Yoga 
  • – 129 Main Street – 129 Gudis, LLC. 
  • – 90-100 Main Street/65-67 East Concourse – Sidney H. Geller Trust, LLC.
  • – 80-88 Main Street/55 East Concourse – Waterville Investment Properties, LLC. 
  • – 74 Main Street – Lion’s Den Tavern 
  • – 70 Main Street – Holy Cannoli
  • – 46 Main Street – The Framemakers 
  • – 42-44 Main Street – Focus LLC. 
  • – 5 Silver Street – Hinge Collaborative 
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.
Ware-Butler Building Supply – specializing in building supplies and lumber, Ware-Butler Building Supply offers 14 retail locations, and supplies include tools and hardware, windows, doors, paints, stains, and more. 
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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