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The City of Salisbury has grants for your exterior home repairs, for business development and for historic preservation. Grants are a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Check out current available grants:

Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant | Historic Preservation Incentive Grant | Innes Street Improvement Grant | Municipal Service District Grant

Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant

The Downtown Salisbury Revitalization Incentives Program (“Downtown Revitalization Incentive Grant”) was established by City Council in 2014 to promote economic growth within the Downtown Municipal District.

It offers prospective developers a maximum grant package of $200,000.00 in support of projects that will rehabilitate into productive use downtown buildings that are not currently producing significant taxable revenue for the city and whose underutilization is depressing downtown vibrancy.

The program is a package of four (4) grants, any or all of which may be utilized by a developer depending on the nature and scope of the project for which assistance is being requested:

  • Building Renovation Incentive Grant covers 25% of eligible costs (up to $50,000) for the stabilization and preservation of older, primarily historic properties.
  • Residential Production Incentive Grant offers $7/gross sf2 of new or upgraded residential area (where project costs exceed $35/gross sf2) to promote downtown residences.
  • Residential Utilities Incentive Grant covers 50% of eligible costs (up to $25,000) for the installation or upgrade of water utilities where project costs exceed $5,000.
  • Fire Suppression Grant covers 50% of fire line costs or $2/sf2 (up to $25,000) for sprinkler system installation.

Historic Preservation Incentive Grant

Note: The application period for Salisbury's 2018 Preservation Grant is now OPEN. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, September 17, 2018. The application form and additional packet are available on this page.

The Historic Preservation Incentive Grants provide a modest economic stimulus to owners of homes and businesses in Salisbury’s Local Historic Districts to help stabilize, preserve, and maintain the historic character of the individual structure and historic district in accordance with Salisbury’s Local Historic Guidelines.

To check if your property is located in a historic district, please visit our Historic Preservation page.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for exterior maintenance and stabilization projects of owner-occupied homes and businesses within any of the locally-designated residential historic districts identified with Local Historic Overlay (LHO) zoning, excluding the Downtown Local Historic District.

Requirements

  • Subject property must be located in a Local Historic District (excluding Downtown).
  • Project may not have commenced or been completed prior to notification of award.
  • Subject property must be owner-occupied.
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive an HPI grant every other year.

Innes Street Improvement Grant

The Innes Street Improvement Grant assists property and business owners within the Innes Street Improvement District with enhancements to building façades, landscapes, driveways, and parking lots. These projects can range from minor repairs and repainting to substantial façade and landscape rehabilitation projects and the installation of new pedestrian amenities such as outdoor seating, planters, awnings, café fences, and lighting.

Applications may be submitted at any time but funds are limited each year (starting July 1). Submitting an application does not guarantee that the grant will be awarded. Grants are awarded for eligible projects by the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission (CAC) as funds are available. The grant is typically awarded on a 50/50 matching basis with a maximum City participation of $5,000.00 per project. This is a reimbursement grant. Funds are issued at the completion and final inspection and approval of the project.

All proposed projects must be reviewed and approved by the CAC before any work has begun in order to be eligible for the grant. The CAC reserves the right to accept or reject any request and/or require modifications deemed appropriate to meet the guidelines. The CAC will not promote or reward poor design and execution, inappropriate alterations, etc.

The MSD Incentive Grant and the Innes Street Improvement Grant are very similar programs. Your eligibility for one or the other depends on the location of your property. A small number of property or business owners may be eligible for both, but may not receive funding through both. If this circumstance applies to you, please contact the Urban Design Planner for guidance.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the grant guidelines before submitting an application.


Contact Us

Urban Design Planner

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235
anels@salisburync.gov


Application and Guidelines

Municipal Service District Grant

The MSD Incentive Grant assists property and business owners within the Downtown Municipal Service District with enhancements to building facades, landscapes, driveways, and parking lots. These projects can range from minor repairs and repainting to substantial façade and landscape rehabilitation projects and the installation of new pedestrian amenities such as outdoor seating, planters, awnings, café fences, and lighting.

Applications may be submitted at any time but funds are limited each year (starting July 1). Submitting an application does not guarantee that the grant will be awarded. Grants are awarded for eligible projects by the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission (CAC) as funds are available. The grant is typically awarded on a 50/50 matching basis with a maximum City participation of $5,000.00 per project. This is a reimbursement grant. Funds are issued at the completion and final inspection and approval of the project.

All proposed projects must be reviewed and approved by the CAC before any work has begun in order to be eligible for the grant. The CAC reserves the right to accept or reject any request and/or require modifications deemed appropriate to meet the guidelines. The CAC will not promote or reward poor design and execution, inappropriate alterations, etc.

The MSD Incentive Grant and the Innes Street Improvement Grant are very similar programs. Your eligibility for one or the other depends on the location of your property. A small number of property or business owners may be eligible for both, but may not receive funding through both. If this circumstance applies to you, please contact the Urban Design Planner for guidance.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the grant guidelines before submitting an application.

Note: Community Planning Services is currently updating the Municipal Service District Incentive Grant Guidelines and Application for FY2017-18. The materials on this website consist of last year’s materials. The City will make an announcement when we are accepting applications for FY2017-18. Please contact the Urban Design Planner to make an inquiry.

Contact Us

Urban Design Planner

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235
anels@salisburync.gov


Application and Guidelines
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