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Façade Improvement
ATTENTION: THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOW BOTH CITYWIDE.

Storefront Restoration Grant for Small Businesses


This grant is designed to assist building owners or tenants within the City of Moline with building façade improvement, specifically related to street facing storefronts. Projects that assist with the restoration of a building’s character and streetscape compatibility are encouraged. Examples of project activities include (but are not limited to): new signage, paint, lighting, or awnings. Further, preference is given to projects where the removal of overlay materials reveals: 

    a. superior design, materials, or workmanship; 
    b. historic materials, design, or workmanship; or 
    c. where the removal will facilitate the restoration or construction of a façade that is more compatible with the character
         of  the building and surrounding streetscape.

  • 1/3 the project cost up to $2,500
  • Facades must be visible from public right-of-way
  • Design approval by the Main Street Design Committee required
  • Applicants are encouraged to inquire about free design consultation provided by the Main Street Design Committee and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
  • Awnings cannot display any text, including the business name or logos
  • Competitive bids or written proposals required
  • Work cannot start until the applicant has received a Letter of Commitment from the City
  • Funding for projects is provided as a grant via reimbursement after all project costs have been paid

Traditional Commercial Areas Rejuvenation Program

This program serves to provide financial assistance to building owners or tenants for the rehabilitation of facades of property tax generating structures, with priority given to historically and architecturally significant buildings in Moline’s commercial areas that predate 1970, including (but not limited to): Downtown, Riverside, Olde Towne, Uptown, and Avenue of the Cities. This program is meant to aid projects in need when the scope of work does not qualify for the Storefront Restoration Grant. All rehabilitation work will be reviewed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation with respect to the building’s architectural integrity to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to preserve its distinguishing stylistic features and that the building remains a cohesive element in its surrounding streetscape.

  • 1/3 project cost up to $7,500
  • Funds are awarded as a 5 year forgivable loan
  • Facades must be visible from public right-of-way
  • Competitive bids or written proposals required
  • Design approval by the Main Street Design Committee required*
  • Applicants are encouraged to inquire about free design consultation provided by the Main Street Design Committee and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
  • Funding for projects is provided via reimbursement after all project costs have been paid
  • Design fees will be reimbursed up to $1,000, as part of the overall total, upon project completion
  • Work cannot start until the applicant has received a Letter of Commitment from the City
  • The entire application process takes approximately 8 weeks

To view past projects, tour the Facade Improvement Program Photo Gallery.

For an application, please print the Small Business and Facade Rehabilitation Incentives packet.