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Posted on: January 20, 2022

Derby Launches Commercial Façade Improvement Program

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The City of Derby is happy to announce the launch of its Commercial Façade Improvement Program. The goal of the program is to support local businesses through funding for exterior building façade repairs or improvements, replacement or removal of non-conforming signs with conforming signs, sign repair, ADA compliance improvements, and landscaping improvements. 

This is a matching grant program in which the City of Derby contributes up to 50 percent of the cost of eligible improvements to commercial properties. Businesses are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for façade or site-related improvements and can receive up to an additional $7,500 if non-conforming signs are removed, replaced or repaired. The maximum a single property may receive is $12,500. 

The minimum grant amount is $1,000 (minimum project cost must be $2,000). For all grant requests over $5,000, a minimum of three quotes must be solicited for the eligible scope of work. Projects are reviewed and approved by City staff and the Community Development Advisory Board.

Eligible commercial properties must be located along the K-15 corridor including the West End Development Plan, K-15 Area Plan and Buckner Business District. Applications are subject to available funding and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Each property is limited to one grant. 

“The City encourages businesses and property owners to invest in their buildings by making façade and site improvements on their properties,” said Dan Squires, Assistant City Manager for Development. “We want to serve as a partner in these efforts because the improvements are a win-win for residents, customers, tenants and new businesses.”

Learn more about the program at or contact Marcia Hartman, Development Manager, at 788-3081 or 

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