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Elkhorn’s NEW Building Improvement Grant Program

Up to 20% of an improvement project can be covered by a grant that does not need to be repaid!

All businesses within the city can apply to this program.

Elkhorn Economic Development Alliance (EEDA) and the City of Elkhorn have partnered to offer a grant program for the purpose of promoting exterior building improvements to existing commercial and retail properties in the City of Elkhorn.

The EEDA and the City of Elkhorn believe property owners are a vital component to the success of the redevelopment and economic revitalization efforts in the City of Elkhorn. The Building Improvement Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program implemented to stimulate efforts in improving the structural integrity, longevity and overall physical appearance of commercial and retail businesses in the City of Elkhorn.

Prior to awarding a grant, The EEDA agrees to verify with the City of Elkhorn that the applicant does not have any outstanding citations or delinquencies to the City of Elkhorn.

Application Information
Application Deadline
The Building Improvement Grant Application shall be submitted on or before the first Thursday of each month.

Application Fee
There is a nonrefundable application fee of $25. (Checks should be made payable to The Elkhorn Economic Development Alliance).

Application Procedure
The Building Improvement Grant Application should include the following items:

  • A completed application form
  • Current photographs of the property including photographs of the existing conditions of the improvement items identified in this application.
  • A Drawing or a sketch of the proposed building improvements.
  • A written description of the proposed improvements, including materials, color selections, etc.
  • A preliminary cost estimate for the proposed improvements. The estimate may be completed by an architect, engineer, contractor, or supplier (store/vendor).
  • A copy of the approved Certificate of Appropriateness from the City of Elkhorn Plan Commission.
  • A signed letter of commitment, from the applicant, to provide a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the funding for the building improvement project.

Grant Program Information


To be eligible for the Building Improvement Grant Program you must own an existing commercial or income producing property in the Elkhorn City Limits.

The existing property can be vacant or occupied. Owner occupied residential properties are not eligible.

The owner of the property must fill out Attachment B: Proof of Ownership.

No defaults with a previous application through this program.

Type of Grant

The total grant allocation for each fiscal year is limited. The Building Improvement Grant Program is a competitive program. Grant awards will be based on available funding for that specific fiscal year.

Eligible projects shall be reimbursed up to 20 % of the cost of the qualified improvement expenditures for the building improvement project with a maximum allowed $20,000.

Applicants are limited to one award per property per 10 years.

Applicants MUST submit grant application PRIOR to commencing work for the property listed in the grant application. If work has already begun on the property listed in the application, the grant application shall be considered NOT ELIGIBLE for award.


Applicants must provide proof of ownership for the commercial building listed in the application. See Attachment B, Proof of Ownership.

Qualified Improvements

The Building Improvement Grant Program will fund exterior building improvements necessary for the structural integrity of the property, the repair of the exterior building envelope or the restoration/repair of any exterior historical, architectural features. Qualified Improvements include, but are not limited to:

  • Repair or replacement of roofing system in connection with a larger project.
  • Repair or replacement of exterior gutter and downspouts.
  • Masonry Work including; Brick cleaning, re-pointing and tuck pointing, brick replacement.
  • Exterior Painting
  • Restoration, repair and/or replacement of exterior windows and doors.
  • Restoration, repair and/or replacement of exterior lighting.
  • Accessibility improvements including exterior ramps, handrails and other means and devices in accordance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Improvements must be designed in a manner that continues to maintain the overall character of the building.
  • Other exterior building improvements necessary for the structural integrity of the building.
  • Interior Renovations if they increase energy efficiency, safety, ADA requirements, or a repurposing for retail.
  • Front or rear façade projects.
  • Backdrop or monumental signage.

Ineligible Improvements

  • The following are improvement items not eligible for funding under the Building Improvement Grant Program.
  • The purchase of furnishings, equipment, or other personal property.
  • Expansion of the existing structure and new construction except where noted above under qualified improvements.
  • General site work including; sidewalks, driveways, property landscaping, fencing, retaining walls and other features not directly attached to the existing building.
  • The creation of new and/or incompatible exterior architectural features, nor the repair or replacement of existing exterior architectural features incompatible with the original architecture of the building.
  • Any work on the exterior of the existing building not visible from a public right-of-way or vital to the structural integrity of the building.

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