Downtown Improvement Grant Program

The City of Newton recently approved a façade improvement grant for buildings in the Newton Main Street District.

Eligible projects include: sign or sign removal (up to $750), non-historic façade removal ($2,000), façade rehabilitation ($5,000), painting or paint removal ($1,500), awning or awning removal ($2,500) and architectural fees (7.5% of total project costs, up to $3,750).

Building owners are eligible for multiple awards, for example, one for painting and one for signage. The grant requires a 1:1 match from building owners. 

A Design Review Board appointed by the mayor will review applications, with final approval by City Council. Projects must be historically appropriate and meet the design guidelines. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact Newton Main Street early in the planning stages and to set up a consultation with Main Street Iowa design specialists (this is a free service) before submitting the application.