Façade Improvement

ATTENTION: THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOW BOTH CITYWIDE.
 Storefront Restoration Grant for Small Businesses

This grant is designed to assist individuals within the City of Moline with building façade improvement, specifically related to street facing storefronts. Projects that assist with the restoration of a building’s character and streetscape compatibility are encouraged.

Preference is given to projects where the removal of overlay materials reveals:
 • superior design, materials, or workmanship;
 • historic materials, design, or workmanship; or
 • where the removal will facilitate the restoration or construction of a façade that is more compatible with the character of the building and surrounding streetscape

Program parameters:
 • Funding for 1/3 the project cost up to $5,000
 • Façade must be visible from public right-of-way
 • Competitive bids/written proposals required
 • Design approval by the Design Committee required
 • Work cannot start until the applicant has received an approval letter from the City
 • Work must be completed within 60 days of approval letter
 • Request for one time extension must be in writing, and granting of any such requested extension is at the sole discretion of the City
 • Acknowledgment of program guidelines signed and returned by applicant, if approved
 • Funding for projects is provided as a grant via reimbursement after all project costs have been paid and the following submitted:
       o Photographs of final project
       o Contractor/Vendor Invoices
       o Cleared checks showing proof of payment of invoices and/or final lien waiver

Traditional Commercial Areas Rejuvenation Program

This program serves to provide financial assistance to building owners for the rehabilitation of façades located within the City of Moline.  Priority is given to historically and architecturally significant buildings in Moline’s commercial areas that predate 1970.  All rehabilitation work will be reviewed by the City of Moline’s Design Committee with respect to the building’s architectural integrity to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to preserve its distinguishing stylistic features and that the building remains a cohesive element in its surrounding streetscape.

This program is for reimbursement, up to $20,000 total per parcel for eligible façade improvement expenses.  For eligible expenses between $1.00-$30,000, fifty percent (50%) of such expenses will be reimbursed.  If eligible expenses are greater than $30,000, then for any amount greater than $30,000, 20% of such expenses will be reimbursed until the total amount of reimbursement equals $20,000.  To maximize the City’s contribution the applicant would need to propose a $55,000 project. [($30,000 x 50%)] + [($25,000 x 20%)] = $20,000

Example: If the applicant’s total approved expenses equal $35,000, he/she would be eligible for a $16,000 reimbursement. [($30,000 x 50%) + ($5,000 x 20%)] = $16,000.

Program parameters:
 • Façade must be visible from public right-of-way
 • Competitive bids/written proposals required
 • Design approval by the Design Committee required
 • Work cannot start until the applicant has received an approval letter from the City
 • Work must be completed within 90 days of approval letter
 • Request for one time extension must be in writing, and granting of any such requested extension is at the sole discretion of the City
 • Acknowledgment of program guidelines signed and returned by applicant, if approved
 • Funding for projects is provided via reimbursement after all project costs have been paid and the following submitted:
       o Photographs of final project
       o Contractor/Vendor Invoices
       o Cleared checks showing proof of payment of invoices and/or final lien waiver
 • Funds are awarded as a 5 year forgivable loan
 • Applicant responsible for recording fee of mortgage
 • Design fees will be reimbursed up to $500, as part of the overall total

Approval Process: approval of projects and amount of funds is determined by the Main Street Design Committee where five (5) members must be present, which is established by the Moline Centre Main Street Commission.  

General Guidelines:
 • All work must be done in compliance with all applicable City and State codes/ordinances
 • All work must follow what is outlined in the Acknowledgement of Program Requirements form
 • Applications for projects already underway will not be considered
 • All monies extended by the City shall be subject to repayment by the applicant/owner to the City should the business fail to meet its     agreed upon goals; including but not limited to the sale and/or conveyance of property
 • Applicants can be approved for funding once, per parcel, within a three year period
 • Applicants MUST be present at Design Committee Meeting to be considered for funding
 • Applicants/Property owners are permitted to do their own work if they are a registered contractor with the City of Moline
 • Signage and Awnings are not permitted

To view past projects, tour the Facade Improvement Program Photo Gallery.

To apply, please complete the Façade Improvement Program Application.