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Facade Improvement Program
The Facade Improvement Program provides a financial incentive to commercial property owners or tenants who are planning to renovate the exterior of a property. The program is designed as a rebate program with funds disbursed after all of the authorized work has been completed.

Types of Available Rebates
  • A rebate of 25% is available to office-based, service, or non-retail businesses.
  • A rebate of 50% is available if the commercial building contains a retail business.
  • Green Rebate - A rebate of 75% is available for sustainable or energy-efficient improvements.

The maximum rebate amount available through the Facade Improvement Program is $15,000. Applicants must submit a completed application and prequalify for participation in the program. All work must be performed in compliance with all applicable City codes and ordinances. Payment of prevailing wages by all contractors, subcontractors, and laborers involved with the project is required. 

Note: It is mandatory for trash dumpsters located on the property to be enclosed or screened from view. The costs for materials will be reimbursed through the program.

Possible Qualifying Expenses
Allowable costs may include, but are not limited to:
  • Awnings
  • Building permits, architectural fees, and other labor and materials used to rehabilitate the facade
  • Cleaning or painting of exterior surfaces
  • Landscaping
  • Repair or restoration of architectural detailing
  • Signs
  • Storefront rehabilitation
  • Window / door repair or replacement  

Note: Roofs are not eligible projects.

Availability of Funds
The Facade Improvement Program is funded on the City’s fiscal year calendar, which is January 1 through December 31. Applications are considered on a first-come basis until program dollars have been depleted.

Community Economic
1528 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Ph: (309) 732-2920
Fx: (309) 732-2930

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday