Facade Improvement Program

entrance to a local business after facade improvement

The City of Greenville's Commercial Corridors Façade Improvement Program (FIP) (PDF) provides financial and technical design assistance to commercial property owners and business owners for qualified façade improvements. The purpose of the FIP is to support the revitalization of the city's commercial corridors by stimulating private investment in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.

The program provides for a one-time reimbursement for eligible facade improvements, which include exterior building improvements (cosmetic and/or structural), signage, lighting and landscaping. Examples include, but are not limited to: exterior painting or surface treatment, decorative awnings, window and/or door replacements or modifications, storefront enhancements, landscaping, irrigation, streetscape, outdoor patios and decks, exterior wall lighting, decorative post lighting and architectural features. Applicants are eligible for a 50% reimbursement on expenses equal to or less than $10,000. For additional expenses above $10,000, the City will reimburse the applicant up to 20% of eligible expenses. The maximum award amount is $10,000.

Eligible applicants include owners of commercial properties and owners/managers of businesses located in the following commercial districts within the city of Greenville:

Applications are reviewed by a committee made up of three City staff members and two members of the Greenville chapter of the American Institute of Architects. All applications must be approved prior to commencement of any work.

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Questions about the program? Contact Tracy Ramseur at 864-467-4404