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This is a partnership with the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dawson Creek Economic Development Advisory Committee – with funding being provided by the Northern Development Trust.

“Community Futures is excited to be part of an initiative that will help businesses with costly expenses to improve the look of their building façade,” chair of Community Futures Peace Liard Bud Powell writes. “We are hoping that most of the businesses are inspired and together we can make the downtown Dawson Creek an even more welcoming place to shop and visit.”

The Downtown Business Façade Improvement Program will provide a 50 per cent reimbursement grant of up $2,500 per building project. Buildings occupying corner lots may be eligible for a maximum reimbursement grant of 50 per cent – given that the improvements occur on both street-facing sides of the building.

Each building within the program area is eligible for the one time grant.

“I encourage business owners in our downtown to take advantage of the Business Façade Improvement Program,” writes Mayor Dale Bumstead. “This is a great opportunity to access matching dollars to improve your façade which in turn will attract more residents and visitors to our downtown.”

The program guidelines are said to set a standard of quality for the types of improvements while also acting as a guide to review applications by the Project Review Committee

The deadline for application submission is May 8 2015 with another opportunity to apply the following year.

Contact the general manager of Community Futures Peace Liard Sue Kenny at 250 782 8748 or email skenny@communityfutures.biz to get your hands on a copy of the application.

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