There are no second chances for first impressions. And experts agree that it takes less than a minute for an individual to form their opinion. For many businesses, that first impression starts the moment a potential customer sets eyes on their storefront. What a customer feels when arriving at a store can impact how much they spend, and if they will recommend it to friends.
Creating the impression you want can be challenging and that is the purpose of this program- to help you put your best front forward. The program is intended to:
- Promote the marketability of our business area
- Help building owners attract and retain tenants
- Make our streets more inviting and interesting to walk and shop
- Build civic pride among the community
- Contribute to the quality of life of our residents, workers and visitors
The Dayton Town Council allocates funds to the Dayton Economic Development Authority (EDA), who is responsible for dispersing the funds to approved applicants. The grant is a competitive 1:1 matching grant. The minimum amount funded will be no less than $500 and no greater than $2,500. The Dayton EDA reserves the right to modify/increase this amount on a case-by-case basis. Allocated funds from the Dayton Town Council are subject to change.
This is a reimbursement based grant – meaning the applicant is responsible for all project costs up front. The applicant will receive their approved funds once the project is complete and proof of payment has been provided.
Grants are available for exterior improvements only and may be used to improve the building provided the façade faces a public access area. The amount of the grant, if any, will be determined by the Dayton Economic Development Authority (EDA) based on the funds available and the number of requests under consideration. The money is a grant not a loan; therefore, you do not have to pay it back.
The Town of Dayton will consider each application equally. The Town will not discriminate based on gender, race, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, or ancestry.