The Richland Commercial Facade Improvement Program was created to help local businesses improve the appearance of their buildings. Beginning in 2020, the City offers a $20,000 matching reimbursement to successful applicants to fund exterior improvements. Approved improvements include: facade facelifts, hardscape, permanent outdoor fixtures, windows, doors, lighting and other publicly visible permanent improvements.
Applicants must submit their request to the Richland Redevelopment Office for review. Each application is reviewed by the Economic Development Committee and final eligibility is determined by City Council.
2019 Funds have been expended.
2019 Projects that were awarded funds:
- Redevelopment of 702 The Parkway
- Dovetail Joint - New exterior glass door, and exterior improvements
- Case Building - Signage, painting, exterior facade
- Greenies - Signage and exterior paint
2018 Projects that were awarded funds:
- Digital Image Tri-Cities - permanent signage cabinetry and associated electrical
- Fuse SPC - Facade and soffit redevelopment, exterior improvements
- Emerald of Siam - Facade redevelopment, exterior improvements
- Perfection Glass - Facade redevelopment, energy efficiency upgrades, exterior improvements
- Frost Me Sweet - Facade redevelopment, curb appeal, permanent signage upgrades, lighting improvements, exterior improvements
When do the funds have to be used by?
The applicant must spend them by the end of the calendar year and provide receipts, once verified reimbursement is issued. There is no flexibility to the Dec. 31 deadline.
When are the funds awarded?
Funds from the Commercial Improvement Program (CIP) can be awarded at anytime throughout the year as long as the contract is issued with enough time to complete the project by the end of the year.
Who benefits from the Commercial Improvement Program (CIP)?
Any business in the City of Richland can apply for these funds though a formal application process.
Who decides how the money is spent?
The applications are reviewed by staff for eligibility and completeness. Once they are accepted, they go to the Economic Development Committee (EDC) who hears presentations from each applicant. The committee deliberates and makes a recommendation to City Council. City Council make the final award decisions.
How does the program work?
These funds are awarded as a match for funds being invested by the business or building owner. The maximum is $10,000 per applicant each year. Receipts for qualified expenses are required to receive reimbursement.
Do the funds come from taxes?
No. This fund is generated from an application to the Business License Reserve Fund (BLRF) which is funded annually from 22% of the business license fees paid for business in Richland.
Funds are made available at the beginning of each year and remain in the fund until spent for the year.