Facade Improvement Grant Program

Funds available for downtown façade improvements

Commercial spaces and those with mixed business and residential purposes within downtown Chambersburg are eligible for funding to give them a face-lift. In December 2019, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Downtown Chambersburg Inc. would receive money from a façade grant program. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Recipients of the funds originally had to be in a 3½-block area on Main Street between Falling Spring Creek and Washington Street, but the reach has been extended. 

“This new batch of funding is for a larger geographic area,” said DCI President Sam Thrush.

The span now includes parts of Queen, King and 2nd streets, as well as Lincoln Way. Residential buildings are not eligible. A total of $50,000 is available for distribution, Thrush said. 

Since 2020, almost $50,000 has been awarded for exterior improvements and signs, Thrush said. At least 10 properties have benefited from the monetary awards, which spurred at least $70,000 in downtown face-lifts. 

Past recipients include MJ Squared, Beam Graphix Custom Print Co., The Capitol Theatre and Bistro 71, as well as the buildings housing Black & Blush Boutique and Merle Norman Cosmetics, plus the one at 19 S. Main St., Thrush said. Other beneficiaries include Council for the Arts, Ludwig’s Jewelers and Here’s Looking at You. 

​As part of the guidelines, applicants must acquire at least two quotes and, if they are dividing a project into specific aspects (such as wood restoration and painting), at least two quotes are needed for each. Those seeking funds also must file a land-use permit application with the Borough of Chambersburg. 

DCI has a five-year contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, but the cycle for the facade grants is one year. Recipients, who are chosen by a committee, have a few months after receiving their funds to get their projects completed.

Applicants are responsible for filing a Land Use Permit Application with the Borough of Chambersburg. Please visit the Borough’s Land Use Department at 100 S. Second Street or click here. Your project may require a building permit from Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance. Please review your approved Land Use Permit for direction.

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