Town of Hanover launches sixth intake of Façade Incentive Program; an opportunity for downtown properties to apply for a one-time grant to support public art related projects
The sixth intake of the Façade Incentive Program’s intent is to promote, encourage and build on the inclusion of art programming such as signs, banners, mural work, sidewalk art, commemoration and custom site amenities. It is a one-time grant for 100% of the eligible costs of the art-related work, up to the maximum $1,500 value for works located within the approved areas of the downtown community improvement project areas.
Launched in 2014, the Façade Incentive Program has supported a diverse and creative range of projects that have made a significant contribution to the vibrancy of our downtown. The Town of Hanover has invested $227,644 into the grant incentive program that has resulted in $782,461 in improvements to downtown properties. Through all four intakes, a 3:1 private to public investment has been made with a majority of the money being retained in the community.
“Hanover is putting an emphasis on arts and culture, as demonstrated through the achievement of developing our first Cultural Plan,” said economic development manager, April Marshall. Adding, “The objective of this public art intake is to build on promoting arts and culture in our community, to encourage the creation of publicly accessible, permanent or temporary artworks, encourage collaborative partnerships and to foster community pride through artworks.”
The inclusion of public art was launched as part of the fifth intake of the Façade Incentive Program and supported exciting initiatives such as the Saugeen Artists Guild Downtown Street Banner Project, sidewalk hopscotch art at Little Ones Studio and Boutique and a trophy mural by Bev Morgan at Johnny K Sports.
Application forms are available now and will remain open through 2019, offering funds on a first-come basis.