The City of St. Cloud Economic Development Authority is excited to announce new grant programs for Downtown St. Cloud. Applications are now available for the Downtown Exterior Improvement Grant and the East Side Blight Clearance Program.
The St. Cloud Downtown Exterior Improvement Grant Program provides incentives to stimulate external, visible investment in Downtown properties. Property owners and business owners are encouraged to consider improvements incorporating aesthetic, environmental, cultural and historical elements that enhance downtown character and architecture. These improvements should create a cohesive, attractive environment. The program provides a 50% matching grant for actual design and construction costs up to $10,000 per property on a pay-for-performance basis. Eligible projects include permanent exterior building and landscape improvements visible from a public right-of-way. Click below to view program details, frequently asked questions, and a link to the program application.
The St. Cloud East Side Blight Clearance Program provides incentives to remove deteriorated or abandoned buildings to foster reinvestment in vacant/underutilized sites identified in the East Side Master Plan. The East Side Blight Clearance Program provides a 50% matching grant for actual demolition costs up to $75,000 per property. The program is intended for use to remove structures that are blighted, underutilized or code deficient and spur short-term redevelopment consistent with the land uses specified in East Side Master Plan. This program is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars.