Façade  Improvement Program

The Kentville Façade Improvement Program is a joint endeavor between KBC and the Town of Kentville with the goal of re-designing and upgrading downtown business and organization facades to bring renewed vibrancy to the downtown area and reflect the town’s brand, “A Breath of Fresh Air”.

For the 2021/2022 phase of the program, we are offering two streams of funding – one for property owners and one for new business owners! The deadline to apply is December 31st, 2021. The Façade Program Committee will vet applications on a first come, first served basis, until the funding is depleted.

Façade Program Eligibility


Stream #1 – Building Façade Improvements

  • Applicants may receive up to 50% of a project cost, up to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Applicant must be a property owner located in downtown Kentville.
  • The suggested improvements must contribute to the overall image of the downtown streetscape character.
  • Construction must be completed by April 1st, 2022.
  • All necessary permits must be obtained.
  • Materials used must be consistent with high quality standard and the architectural character of the building.
  • Eligible costs include: repainting, cleaning, or re-facing of facades, repair or restoration of masonry, brickwork or wood, replacement or restoration of cornices, eaves, parapets, and other architectural features, replacement of widows and doors, installation of appropriate new signage, installation or repair of canopies and awnings, installation or repair of exterior lighting, hardscaping.

Stream #2 – New Business Façade Improvements

  • Applicants may receive up to a maximum of $2,500.
  • Applicant must be a business owner in a building located in downtown Kentville.
  • The suggested improvements must contribute to the overall image of the downtown streetscape character.
  • Construction must be completed by April 1st, 2022.
  • All necessary permits must be obtained.
  • Materials used must be consistent with high quality standard and the architectural character of the building.
  • Eligible costs include: Installation or repair of exterior lighting, installation of new signage, exterior paint, improvements to the entranceway of commercial units, improvements or repair to permanent fixtures such as canopies, awnings, or window boxes.

The Façade Program Manual


The Façade Program Manuel provides details about the façade program, why it exists, who it serves, and what should be considered when planning façade repairs and updates.

Please note that the Town of Kentville has a signage bylaw found on page 45 of the Land-use Bylaw document. A permit for signage and adherence to the bylaw is mandatory. If your business or organization receives façade program funding, all permit fees are waived by the Town of Kentville.

Click here for the manual: Kentville-Facade-Manual – 2021

Application Process


Do you meet the eligibility criteria for façade program funding? Then download and complete an application form and return it to info@kentvillebusiness.ca. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone 902-679-2328.

Building Façade Improvement Application Form 2021

New Business Façade Improvement Application Form 2021

 

Façade Program Timeline