Introducing the Downtown Facade Improvement Program


The Town of Derry is offering the Downtown Façade Improvement Program to visually improve the downtown area, align with the community’s vision, and drive economic development.  The program is structured as a 50/50 matching grant for improvements to the exterior of businesses located in the Traditional Business Overlay District.  The matching grant maximum is $5,000.00 for projects costing $10,000.00 or more. Funding for this program was approved by the Derry Town Council, which directed that $100,000 of the appropriation for economic activity in Derry be directed towards Downtown Façade Improvements.

Major maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and restoration of commercial storefronts and facades are eligible activities.  Projects must achieve visible results that enhance Derry’s downtown image, marketability and economic vitality.  Project components eligible for funding include:

  • Exterior painting
  • Removal of inappropriate and/or incompatible exterior finishes or materials
  • Restoration/repair of exterior finishes or materials
  • Reconfiguration of exterior doors or entrances
  • Window repair/replacement
  • Exterior signs (new, repairs/replacement, lighting)
  • Display lighting

Applications are due by July 01, 2018.  Façade improvements must be completed by January 01, 2019.

Contact the Economic Development office for details.

Downtown Facade Improvement Program

Design Criteria