BANGOR, Maine — The city of Bangor is inviting area business and nonprofit organizations to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funding for business facade improvements and innovative projects that could help improve the city and lessen slum and blight, respectively.
While both programs are funded with federal community development money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, one is earmarked specifically for business and storefront exterior improvements and the other is available only to non-profits.
The business facade improvement grant program is being used to help strengthen Bangor’s ongoing revitalization in two key areas: Downtown Bangor and the neighborhood revitalization strategy area along the Penobscot River and Main Street, and bordered by Main, Third, Union and Buck streets.
The business program grant offers funds up to $15,000, which will be matched by equal or greater investment of private funds, to be restore or renovate commercial storefronts. Improvements can include painting, window or door repair or replacement, signage, or awnings. The deadline for applications from businesses is April 29 at 3 p.m. The Bangor City Council will host an informational workshop about the program in council chambers at Bangor City Hall on April 1 at 8:30 a.m.
The city has $100,000 in community development funds for nonprofits, with a preference given to projects that are collaborative and innovative, while demonstrating that the project will be sustainable long after the grant funds dry up. The maximum amount of a single grant is $25,000 with a cash match of 50 percent of the total project cost required from the nonprofit. Applicants will be given extra scoring criteria points for additional cash and in-kind matching.
Applications can be found online at www.bangormaine.gov/nonprofitfunding. The deadline for submission is May 10 at 2 p.m., but a letter of intent must be filed by April 8 at 2 p.m. The council will host a public informational meeting about the nonprofit community development program March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Bangor City Hall’s council chambers.
For further information about either program, call Jason Bird, Bangor’s business development officer and downtown coordinator, at 992-4234.