Downtown Grants

Downtown Municipal Service District Façade Grant Program

The purpose of the Façade Grant Program is to encourage property owners or business tenants to improve their properties and to provide ways to activate the cityscape. The program helps to increase the vibrancy of Downtown Concord and the identity of the City by highlighting the uniqueness of the community core. It also supports small business development, artistry, and creative placemaking.

Grant recipients may use funds for specified exterior building improvements including, but not limited to, lighting, signage, or awnings. Businesses must adhere to certain design guidelines and meet all program requirements detailed in the Façade Grant Guide.

Grant amounts are up to $5,000 or $10,000 within the MSD depending on location. Projects within the High Impact Area that align with current streetscape improvement construction are eligible for up to $10,000 in grant money. Grant funding requires a 50% private match. Payments will not exceed $5,000 ($10,000 in High Impact Area) or 50% of the exterior rehabilitation costs, whichever is less.

Grant Applications will be accepted and received on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Grants are only available to for-profit businesses and property owners within the Municipal Service District (MSD). Applications will be reviewed for adherence to Center City Design Standards and the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Redevelopment. All applications will be reviewed by a staff committee appointed by the Planning Director.

Please, review the Facade Grant Guide for a full overview of qualified improvements, application details, and approval criteria. 

This program is limited to projects within the downtown Municipal Service District. Projects outside of the district may be eligible for other City grant programs.

For more information and an application, please contact Paige Grochoske, Downtown Development Manager (; 704-920-6132). 

FY 24 Facade Grant Guide

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