The Northern Forest Center, in partnership with the Moosehead Lake Brand Leadership Team (BLT), is offering matching grants for Downtown Greenville Business Façade Improvement projects. The Downtown Planning and Beautification Sub-Committee of the BLT was chartered to improve and enhance all aspects of downtown Greenville, which serves as the “front lawn” to Moosehead Lake.  The Center is working with the sub-committee toward that end.

The Façade Improvement Grant Program is part of the Center’s Tourism Innovation Program which offers larger matching grants to help tourism-related businesses in the Moosehead and Katahdin Iron Works areas implement new product and business innovations.

This program offers a limited number of small matching grants ($500 - $2,000) to help Greenville businesses or building owners with façade/exterior improvements. The program will provide 50% of the cost up to $2,000 for improvement projects such as  blade signs, exterior painting, window boxes, shutters, landscaping, decorative lighting (night-sky friendly, non-neon), etc.

To be funded, projects must meet the façade improvement criteria outlined in the Downtown Greenville Master Plan. Preference will be given to projects with the “triangle” identified in the Downtown Plan. Other projects will be considered if funds are available.  Approved projects must be completed by July 2018.

For further information and/or an application, please contact either:

  • Ruth McLaughlin, Downtown Planning Committee Chair,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 207-695-0224, or;
  • Mike Wilson, Northern Forest Center,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 603-731-0558.

Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2018 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or regular mail to Ruth McLaughlin, P.O. Box 1288, Greenville, ME 04441.

Download the application.

All eligible applications will be forwarded to the Northern Forest Center for final review. Funding decisions will be made by the Center by April 20, 2018.  Upon completion of an awarded project, receipts reflecting the total cost for the approved project must be submitted to the Northern Forest Center for 50% reimbursement (up to $2,000).

Funding for the Tourism Innovation Program has been made possible by a federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing, facilitated by the Center, of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Woods Initiative. The Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation and JP Morgan Chase provided capital and tax credit authority for the NMTC financing.