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New Business Grants Available in 2023 for Downtown Businesses

After continued success of the Community Improvement Plan grants offered to downtown Elmira businesses, we are pleased to announce the return of the Façade Improvement Stream for 2023. Eligible businesses will be able to receive 30% of the amount of the completed project up to a maximum of $5,000. 

New to the program this year is the Accessibility Grant which will assist our businesses with the removal of barriers and increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Elmira. Eligible businesses will be able to receive 50% of the amount of the completed project up to a maximum of $2,000

There is a finite amount of funds available with $14,000 being available for the Facade Improvement and $6,000 available for the Accessibility Grant. All applications will be reviewed by the CIP Sub-Committee.

For more information and to access our online application form, click here. If you would like to fill out a paper copy, please contact Jon Clay, BIA Board Chair at [email protected] to arrange pickup at SOS Physiotherapy Elmira.

Below is a sample of some of the work that has been completed with the support of CIP funding.

Browns Menswear


Kitchen Kuttings


Encore Dance Studio


Easily Apply for the Façade Improvement Grant Program

History of CIP

Created in 2019, the Downtown Elmira BIA Community Improvement Plan: “Improving the Public Realm” intends to support and activate improvements, rehabilitation or renovation of lands, buildings or public spaces within the Community Improvement Project Area, which is in effect, the Business Improvement Area for Elmira. This is the first Community Improvement Plan for the Township, commissioned and prepared for the BIA. The Community Improvement Project Area, six (6) Leadership Programs and eight (8) Financial Incentive Programs were all informed through several public meetings, input and reviews.

This Plan is intended to be a flexible tool for change rather than a rigid document. It is also intended to be a proactive plan for community revitalization and renewal and economic improvements. Continual review and evaluation of the CIP and the programs will aid the Township and BIA to remain current with the program use and needs of the community.