Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has developed a new program, Façade Lighting Grant, to award a limited number of grants for exterior façade lighting projects located in Downtown Halifax. This funding program aims at improving the architectural streetwall lighting of buildings on main commercial streets in the Downtown Business district and to contribute to DHBC’s strategic beautification goals. The nature of the lighting is meant to focus on improvement of the overall urban experience rather than highlighting business and tenants (i.e. it is aimed at a macro-architectural level).
The program would provide:
• Funding for 50% of hard costs for hardware and installation of lighting. Applicant will match the other 50% of these costs.
• Funding up to a $1,000 may be paid to a registered architect or professional engineer with lighting experience for design input/guidance.
The Downtown Halifax district is defined as: the geographic area between the waterside of Brunswick Street to the Halifax Waterfront and from the Cogswell Interchange to the south end of Barrington Street.
To be considered for DHBC funding it is mandatory to submit a completed Façade Lighting Grant application form. You may optionally provide additional documentation with your submission that describes and supports your project and funding request. DHBC’s Beautification Action Team, comprised of DHBC members, will evaluate all project opportunities against specific criteria as outlined in the sections within the application form.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:
June 9, 2016: Information & Brainstorming Session – DHBC office, 1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104, June 9, at 5:00 pm
Deadline extended to July 6, 2016: Completed application proposal and supporting materials submission to DHBC by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail: 1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3X7
Week of July 8, 2016: DHBC notification to applicant of acceptance or decline
August 15, 2016: Mid-project status report to DHBC
December 16, 2016: Completion of beautification project – including design, permissions, and implementation/installation, and notification to DHBC. Completion can happen before this date.
January 16, 2017: Submission of final report and receipts to DHBC. If your project was completed before December 16, 2016, the deadline for final report and receipts submission is 30 days from project completion.
EXAMPLE FROM 2015:
Freak Lunchbox (1729 Barrington Street) façade lighting project received a $2,800 grant to illuminate front and side of building in 2015.