Sidewalk Grant

The goal of the sidewalk grant is to assist downtown property owners when repair or replacement of sidewalk becomes necessary.  This allows the BID to continue its efforts at upgrading the appearance of downtown. Sidewalk grants will be made to qualified projects as determined by the BID on a case by case basis. Grants are awarded to property owners and businesses within the BID boundaries only.

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

PROJECT CRITERIA

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. This grant is specific for external beautification only.

A complete BID Grant Program Application will include the following:
Download Sidewalk 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 plans/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.
5. Cost breakdown – A one page summary of the estimated project costs – all costs must be included, but only permanent, physical improvements and the contract labor associated with the permanent improvements count toward the final evaluation.
6. Eligibility Checklist

Project criteria and eligibility:
1. Project must be 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. Any tenant applying for a grant must have the owner’s written permission attached to the application.
4. Only permanent improvements and associated contract labor are eligible.
5. Each 25 linear feet of sidewalk 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 $1,000 per 25 linear feet.
6. The applicant is responsible for all costs in excess of the grant award amount.
7. All proposals must satisfy the code of requirements of the City of Great Falls.
8. Upon approval of grant, applicant has six (6) months to begin significant construction or the grant will be rescinded and applicant must re-apply.
9. All sidewalk 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 a TEMPORARY change to this grant! 
Effective July 1, 2016, the BID Board has changed this grant for a one-year time period as follows: 

5. Each 25 linear feet of sidewalk is eligible and is to be treated as one unit.  Each project is eligible for 25% of the projected costs at time of application or 25% of actual costs, whichever is less, up to a maximum of $3,000 per 25 linear feet.

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.