Strategic Initiatives

Commercial Beautification Grants

In March 2017, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the pilot program of a Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program aimed at improving the visual appearance of businesses in Hamilton County. The micro-grant program provides matching funds to renovate and improve the visual impact of the properties in the county. This grant is available to all retail, commercial and industrial property owners.

The board of the HCDA has authorized a budget of $25,000 for the initial pilot program with eligible businesses able to receive up to $1,000 in matching funds. The funds can be used for improvements such as beautification purposes for such things as exterior painting, new awnings, sign improvements, planting shrubs, flowers, trees, etc.

Due to the pilot nature of the program and limited funds available the focus for this round of funding will focus on projects that will visually enhance the county. As the program progresses and success is measured, the HCDA will conduct a survey of businesses to enhance and/or refine the program.

Ultimately, the goal of the micro-grants is to help stimulate redevelopment and increase property values while providing safe and attractive environments for workers, businesses and the public overall.

Applications can be obtained by contacting Susan Ramsey at sramsey@hamiltoncda.org.

Facts about the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program:

  • The grants awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are encumbered.
  • Up to $1,000 is available to any Hamilton County business as a dollar-for-dollar match. Businesses can apply for any amount up to, and including, $1,000.
  • The funds can be used for any exterior beautification including plants, trees, shrubs, exterior paint, exterior doors/windows, etc.
  • Grant awards will be distributed after documentation of project completion is provided including before and after photos.
Grant Recipient Spotlight: White Springs Self Storage

“I was excited to hear about the HCDA micro-grant program. Thanks to the grant that I received, I was able to make long awaited improvements on the property of my business. This grant made a impact on my business by improving its appearance and property value. With these grants, our community will be able to attract new businesses to the community. I am thankful for the role that the HCDA plays in the growth and improvement of our county,”

Woody Woodward, owner of White Springs Self Storage