Hanover has just launched its sixth intake of Façade Incentive Program.
The intent of the program says Economic Development Manager April Marshall is to the promote, encourage and build on the inclusion of art programming in Hanover’s downtown.
This could come in the form of signs, banners, murals, sidewalk art and custom site amenities.
Hanover is providing a one-time grant for 100% of the eligible costs of the art related work, up to the maximum of $1,500 to successful applicants.
Marshall calls this an exciting opportunity to beautify businesses with art while promoting and supporting local artisans.
Hanover’s emphasis on arts ties in nicely with the Town’s new Cultural Plan.
Marshall says the objective of this public art intake, is to build on promoting arts and culture in the community and to encourage the creation of publicly accessible, permanent or temporary artworks.
She says the Town encourages collaborative partnerships between business owners and local artists which she believes will foster community pride through the art work.
Mashall notes that since the launch of the Hanover Façade Incentive Program in 2014, the Town has supported a diverse and creative range of projects that have made a significant contribution to the vibrancy of the downtown.
In total, Hanover has invested $227, 644 into grant incentive programs that have resulted in $782,461 in improvements to downtown properties. (upgrades to beautify buildings)
The first four intakes involved a 3:1 private to public investment.
This current intake is being 100 percent funded through grant dollars by the Town.
Applications are available and will remain open through 2019, offering funds on a first-come basis.
The applications can be accessed at hanover.ca/façade-incentive-program.