The Centralia Downtown Association announced a $10,000 facade improvement matching grant program for its historic downtown. The program is part of the association’s ongoing beautification efforts.

The grants will provide matching funds to help downtown businesses and property owners improve the fronts of their buildings.

Centralia Downtown Association

Photo courtesy of Centralia Downtown Association.

Owners of businesses and commercial buildings can apply for a 50 percent match of improvement costs up to $2,500. Owners of multiple properties can apply for a grant for each building. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, design, paint, exterior brick maintenance, restoration of historic features, lighting, signage, weatherization, and awnings.

Grants will be awarded as long as funds are available. Work done prior to the grant award is not eligible.

“We hope this program will allow the shopkeepers and building owners to make the improvements they want to make and take care of some of the upkeep that they may have been unable to do,” said CDA president Jan Nontell.

The program is modeled after the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team’s facade improvement pilot program.