The Downtown Improvement Grant (DIG) applications are officially open

 The City of Elizabethton was awarded $300,0000 from the TN Department of Economic & Community Development for the DIG program to support renovation and façade improvements throughout the downtown district. 

The primary objective of DIG is to provide incentives to improve the exterior of buildings within the Main Street District. This program encourages the improvement of downtown buildings/commercial sales (and as a result, local sales tax collection downtown), the enhancement of the marketability of the downtown buildings, and the attraction of new businesses and shoppers to the downtown area.

Please see the attached application. Read this carefully as it details eligible projects, deadlines, and the grant process. 

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Grant Overview:

  • Must be located within the Main Street District
  • Must have a service, retail, or mixed-use occupancy with an active ground floor area that is accessible to the street
  • Reimbursable grant
  • Requires a 25% match 
  • 75% of projects costs matched up to $50,000

 Eligible activities include: 

  • masonry repairs and repointing bricks
  • the repair, replacement or preservation of historically significant architectural details
  • the removal of reconstruction of false fronts
  • exterior painting and stucco (only includes currently painted, excluding murals)
  • installation, replacement, and repair of awnings and canopies
  • windows, signage, door, or cornice repair or replacement 
  • the repair or replacement of gutters and down spouts
  • decking and stairs
  • design or architectural fees
  • visible electrical /mechanical equipment enclosures

 Grant applications are due Friday, March 1, by 4:00 PM.  Please contact Main Street Elizabethton Director Courtney Bean or City Planner, Logan Engle, if you have any questions about eligibility, projects, or timeline. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact either Bean or Engle  prior to applying so support can be provided through the process.