City of Kitchener – Façade Grant Program


The Façade Grant Program provides funding to eligible downtown property owners and tenants who want to make street-facing building façade improvements.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to half (50%) of the total cost of the project and:

  1. up to $10,000 per street address or storefront for eligible downtown property owners and merchants/business owners. A property or storefront cannot receive more than $10,000 under this program within a five-year period.
  2. up to $30,000 for buildings with multiple storefronts or street addresses;
  3. up to $20,000 for buildings on corner lots, where façade improvements are proposed on both frontages.

A maximum of 10% of the façade grant may be used toward soft costs, such as design fees.


Applicants must:

  • be downtown property owners and merchants/business owners;
  • propose a property that is located within the Downtown Community Improvement Area, with commercial (retail, restaurant or dining, services) uses on the ground floor. 

Each grant application must:

  • satisfy the city of Kitchener urban design guidelines and the King Street façade guidelines;
  • follow the sign bylaw of the city of Kitchener and the Ontario Building Code.

Other Things to Note:

  1. If you have any questions, email Economic Development or call 519-741-2200, ext. 7197.

The previous application intake closed on the 15th of August.

The grant program would be reinstated until Dec. 31, 2027. (

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