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Program Basics and Eligibility Highlights

Eligible buildings

  • Commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings are eligible (see individual grants for additional requirements).

Funding allocation

  • Funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Grants are not retroactive (expenses incurred prior to entering into an agreement are ineligible).
  • Each building is eligible for all four grants. Separate applications are required.
  • Grant amounts are allocated to the entire building. Buildings with multiple storefronts or street addresses may submit multiple applications, until the maximum grant funding allocated to the building has been reached.
  • All grants are provided as 50 per cent matching reimbursement grants. This means that the Municipality will reimburse applicants for half of the eligible costs (to the grant maximum). Reimbursement is provided to applicants after their projects are complete.

Applying

  • Only complete applications that include the supporting documents will be accepted.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange a pre-application meeting before applying.
  • Facade and patio projects must meet minimum design standards (see program guidelines).
  • Eligible costs and projects are described in the program guidelines.
  • Applicants must obtain all necessary municipal permits and permissions before starting work.
  • Successful applicants will enter into an agreement with the Municipality.

Construction

  • Projects must be completed in a timely manner (deadlines apply).
  • Applicants may use the contractor of their choice. Please note that reimbursement will be based on the lowest of the contractor estimates provided, or final invoice (if lower).
  • Applicants are responsible for paying contractors and suppliers.
  • Applicants must contact the Municipality upon the completion of their projects.

Reimbursement

  • Applicants must submit documentation, including original receipts, invoices and permit numbers.
  • To remain eligible, property taxes and municipal utililty bills must be paid, there must be no outstanding enforcement orders, and the applicant must not be a party to legal dispute with the Municipality.
  • Applicants may be provided with a sign or plaque to display on their premises.
  • Applicants will be expected to participate in surveys to assess the effectiveness of the program.

Flood-impacted buildings

The Downtown Revitalization Incentives Program is intended to spur downtown revitalization; it is not intended to replace personal insurance or provincial disaster recovery assistance, or cover losses or damages caused by the 2020 flood. Assistance may be available through the Government of Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program (DRP). For help applying for the DRP, applicants may contact the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000.

Where buildings have been damaged by the 2020 flood:

  • Applicants shall demonstrate that their projects constitute an improvement from pre-flood conditions (i.e., not replacing a pre-existing feature).
  • Applicants shall not submit an application for improvements they know will be, or likely be, recovered entirely by personal insurance proceeds, provincial disaster recovery assistance or similar recovery funding.
  • Applicants shall advise the Municipality if they receive personal insurance proceeds, provincial disaster recovery assistance or similar recovery funding that would render the grant redundant.

FLOOD RECOVERY: Information and resources