Downtown Brantford

Our approach to downtown revitalization is to foster economic diversity in the downtown. We support local entrepreneurship, business clusters such as food retailing, post-secondary expansion, streetscape renewal, and heritage preservation through our downtown incentives programs.

Downtown Business Performance Grant

Targeted for commercial, office, mixed-use and retail, this grant program is intended to assist applicants by providing financial incentives to stimulate redevelopment, renovation and improvement to buildings in the downtown. Allocated to projects over $100,000, the grant can range from up to 25% of the project total.

This program operates as a special funding request, so applicants should meet with municipal staff early in the project development phase to discuss the program requirements and conditions.

Façade Grant Program

For commercial, office, mixed-use and retail, this grant is targeted to projects under $100,000. It is intended to assist property owners and tenants with financing front façade improvements within the Downtown CIP area by providing a maximum grant of $7,500 per street address.

Design Grant

Intended to assist applicants hire skilled professionals specializing in architecture or accredited design, this grant can be applied for prior to submissions for a Downtown Business Performance or Façade grant. The City of Brantford will fund up to 50% of the professional service design fees to a maximum grant of $2,000.

New Business Grant

Aimed at new businesses, this grant is reserved for improvement measures including an exterior sign, awning, outdoor patio, lighting, décor, landscaping and other property enhancements. The objective is to assist start-ups by issuing a grant up to 50% of the costs ranging between $500-2,500 for property improvements and immediate façade upgrades. 

The City's Planning staff works closely with clients to accommodate their needs. For more information or assistance, send us a Planning Department Request.