Funding is available again in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) for business and property owners to improve their commercial building frontages. The 2020 Business Façade Improvement Program is open to all commercial businesses located within the rural areas of the regional district.
Eligible businesses can receive a 50 per cent reimbursement to a maximum of $5,000 for exterior renovations and improvements such as façades, signage, murals, architectural features, siding, lighting, and awnings. Funding will be committed on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to project eligibility and availability of funds).
The 2021 Business Façade Improvement Program is made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
In 2020, the CRD provided grants for businesses in Kersley, Canim Lake, Sheridan Lake, Sulphurous Lake, and Nimpo Lake. Program applicants completed five projects representing an investment of $19,139 in business façade improvements.
Program guidelines and application forms are available at cariboord.ca/BFI. A new online application system for 2021 offers a streamlined portal for businesses to apply for the grant.
The CRD program excludes businesses within municipal boundaries as they can apply with their local municipality. The City of Quesnel, City of Williams Lake, District of 100 Mile House, and District of Wells are offering the program in 2021.
For more information about Northern Development Initiative Trust’s funding programs and success stories, visit northerndevelopment.bc.ca.