Last chance to apply for Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow grant program in 2021

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Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant program final intake deadline is Oct. 29.

The DTCIP, now in its fifth year, encourages growth by providing grants designed to stimulate development. Council approved $240,000 for the 2021 grant program to offset costs related to façade improvements, signage, feasibility studies, building improvements and the creation of residential units.

“Over the past five years, we have seen great transformations take place through the Downtown Tomorrow grant program,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “These projects include new commercial spaces, redevelopment of vacant buildings, additional residential units, and beyond. This not only spurs revitalization of our city’s core, but also creates jobs, creates housing, and stimulates local spending that is put back into our local economy.”

Before applying, applicants must register and attend a mandatory virtual community workshop. The next workshop is taking place on Sept. 28, 2021 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Registration for the workshop is open at Orillia.ca/downtownCIP.

Approximately $120,000 remains available in 2021.

“This is a great opportunity for a local business to use grant funds over the winter season to make interior improvements, expand their interior commercial areas, and/or bring upper residential units up to code,” said Laura Thompson, senior manager of Business Development.

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