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Downtown Beautification Committee

The Downtown Beautification Committee (DBC) formed as a spin-off of the City of Huron’s Downtown Improvement Committee. The DBC is a group of volunteers comprised of downtown business owners, employees, GHDC staff, GHDC board members, CDF board members, and a City of Huron liaison. With funds received from the first annual Huron Turkey races, the CDF and City of Huron, the Downtown Beautification Façade Improvement Grant Matching Program was established in order to improve the physical appearance and assist in revitalizing the downtown Huron area. The overall goal of the committee is to encourage rehabilitation, reinvestment and new development in downtown Huron.

Façade Improvement Grant Matching Program

The Downtown Beautification Committee (DBC) has established this façade program to encourage rehabilitation, reinvestment and new development in the downtown area of our community. The goal of this program is to improve the physical appearance and assist in revitalizing the downtown area of our community.

Funding Formula

Subject to the availability of funding, matching grants will be awarded to cover up to 50% of the cost, with a maximum grant award of $5,000.00 per project, for exterior façade improvements to downtown buildings. No more than one grant per property may be awarded, unless subject to committee approval and funding availability. A property can be shown to have multiple store fronts and therefore should be considered exempt from this limitation. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants will be subject to committee approval and based on funding availability.

Eligible Properties

Properties located within the downtown "core area" as defined by the City of Huron.

Eligible Projects Improvements

The types of projects which may be funded include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Façade brick or wall surface cleaning
  • Patching and painting of façade walls
  • Signage or lighting replacement/repair
  • Canopy, porch, awning installation/repair
  • Window and/or door replacement/repair
  • Façade mortar joint repair (tuck-pointing)
  • Railings and ironwork repair or addition
  • Cornice repair and/or replacement
  • Replacement/repair to exterior steps

Façade Improvement Grant Matching Program Application

Grant Matching Program Application [PDF]

Committee Members

Dee Jones, Chair
Our Home, Inc
Jim Borszich
Greater Huron Development Corporation
Barry Cranston
Greater Huron Development Corporation
Nicole Rogers
Greater Huron Development Corporation
Craig Lee
Craig Lee Studios
Tom Gietzen
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Connie Hofer
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Nikki Eining
Community Counseling Services
Diana Hofhenke
Pro Realty
Gary Harrington, Liaison
City of Huron
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