Outdoor Living Grant

The Great Falls Business Improvement District (BID) believes that offering outdoor living areas downtown is a vital element to downtown revitalization.

Some examples of an outdoor living project would include, but are not limited to, a restaurant wishing to install outdoor dining; an apartment building that wishes to create an outdoor space for the residents to enjoy; a greenspace utilized by the residents of Great Falls.

Please note: Projects will be reviewed on a case by case basis and awarded based on the annual budget.

After reviewing the grant packet, contact the BID and meet with the staff to ensure that all elements of the program are understood. Submit your completed grant application to the BID office. You will receive written approval from the BID once they have reviewed & approved the application. Once your grant is approved you may begin the work. Any deviations from the original proposal must be resubmitted to the BID for approval. After completion, paid bills for the total project must be presented to the BID. The BID will review the finished project to ensure that it conforms to the submitted plans before any grant funds will be released. Funds will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. If grant funds are exhausted for the fiscal year payment of your grant may be postponed until the funds are available.

A complete BID Grant Program Application will include the following:
Download Outdoor Living Grant Application
1. The Grant Program Application
2. Project description
3. Photo of current conditions
4. Photos or sketches of the proposed new project. Include renderings of the project. The plans must represent the project to scale, including all colors and be drawn to the level of detail that will allow full understanding of how the project will look when completed. Included with this should be a one page typed letter briefly describing the project.
5. Cost breakdown – A one page summary of the estimated project costs – all costs must be included.
6. Eligibility Checklist

Project criteria and eligibility:
1. Project must be located within the boundaries of the BID (a map is available upon request).
2. The building owner must be current on all property taxes in Great Falls.
3. Only permanent or seasonal improvements and associated labor are eligible.  Temporary structures, such as pedlets, will be considered under this grant.
4. Each 1,000 square feet of outdoor space is eligible and is to be treated as one unit.  Each project is eligible for 20% of the projected costs at time of application or 20% of actual costs, whichever is less, up to a maximum of $5,000 per 1,000 square feet.
5. The applicant is responsible for all costs in excess of the grant award amount.
6. All proposals must satisfy the code of requirements of the City of Great Falls.
7. Each eligible property may only obtain one outdoor living grant every five years.
8. Upon approval of grant, applicant has six (6) months to begin project or the grant will be rescinded and applicant must re-apply.
9. All outdoor living grant projects must be completed within 6 months of receiving notice to proceed. The BID must approve any extension beyond 6 months.
10. With submission of receipts and final documentation applicants must submit a copy of any permits issued by the City of Great Falls (or a copy of the receipt for the permit).

Please note: Projects will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and awards will be approved based on the annual budget. In addition, the BID reserves the right to offer, deny or suggest changes of the proposal requesting grants for any reasons not specifically listed in this documentation.