Facade Enhancement Rebate PROGRAM
To strengthen the beautification and economic vitality efforts of the Six Corners Shopping District, Six Corners Association is offering facade enhancement rebates to business and property owners/lessees within the SSA #28 boundaries. Rebates may be applied to the renovation, enhancement, or improvement of a building's facade.
Applications will be considered in the order that they are received and are subject to available funding. Only completed applications will be considered and must meet all program criteria.
Rebates offered may cover up to 50% of construction costs, for a maximum of $5,000. Improvements must be made to the exterior of the building and be visible from the public right-of-way on the commercial aspect of the building. The maximum rebate for one business is $5,000.
Project must not commence prior to the approval of the project by Six Corners Association.
Applicant is responsible for securing and paying for required permits.
Storefront must be facing the public right-of-way. The improvements must have a positive impact on the appearance of the building.
The program will only apply toward the construction, removal, installation, and equipment cost of improvements. It will not cover other costs associated with the project.
Applicants must fully and timely comply with the requirements, deadlines, and proposed timelines set forth by the Six Corners Association in accordance with this rebate program.
Applicants will be considered for this program once every three years.
Rebate requests will not be granted for façade improvements that were started before the application is received and approved.
The application must be approved by the SSA Commission before construction can begin. If the applicant moves ahead with the project before receiving the approval the applicant accepts the risk that the project may not be approved for a rebate.
Applicant must fully and timely comply with all the requirements and deadlines set forth in the Application.
If applicant is a tenant, written consent of the property owner is required.
Only owners and tenants of street-level property located within the SSA boundaries are eligible for the Program.
The property must be free of liens and legal questions as to ownership of the property, excepting any mortgage liens.
Applicants must have proof of proper zoning and City permits for the improvements.
To the extent that the owner or tenant is supplying their own materials or labor for the improvements, profits and overhead are not eligible expenditures for the rebate.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis through the calendar year. There is no guarantee that funding will be available upon request of rebate.
If multiple applications are received before the next available SSA Commission review AND the combined rebate requested in all applications exceeds the available Program funding, a lottery will be held to determine the order in which the projects will be funded and a wait list for rebates as future funding becomes available.
The Department of Planning and Development has declared that SSA Commissioners are eligible to participate in the Façade Rebate Program, provided they meet all other Program eligibility criteria and abstain from reviewing and voting on ALL Façade Rebate Program applications during the period beginning when their application is submitted until their Rebate check is approved and processed.
If any change in ownership of the property or business participating in the Façade Rebate Program occurs during the improvements, eligibility for the Façade Rebate Program will be suspended until a meeting with the SSA Service Provider agency staff and new ownership is completed and any changes to the original application are approved in writing. There is no guarantee that new ownership will be approved for the same rebate amount as the previous owner. All such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Properties that received a Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) grant in the previous 3 years or are currently enrolled in the SBIF program are ineligible from applying to the Façade Rebate Program.
If the same façade improvement project already received funding from a different grant or incentive program it is ineligible for additional funding through the Façade Rebate Program.
Business must be fully licensed by the City of Chicago.
Property must be up to code and have no outstanding violations.
Property must be located within SSA 28 Boundaries (see map) for at least one year per submission date.
Property must be at least 5 years old.
Applicant must be the entity paying for the project.
Submit the completed application with two competitive bids for the project project, signed property owner authorization forms, signed Statement of Understanding to email@example.com or mail to Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. #301, Chicago, IL 60641.
Submit an estimated timeline for project start and end date.
Submit estimated costs for project consideration outlined above.
Submit a list of permits required to complete project.
Six Corners Association will determine the eligibility of application for reimbursement.
Six Corners Association will determine rebate amount for eligible applications as funds dictate.
Six Corners Association will notify applicants of approval status within one week of review.
Once approved, applicant will have 180 days to complete the project. Applicants must have all necessary permits secured during this process.
EMERGENCY AMENDMENTS TO APPLICATION
If unforeseen circumstances are to arise during the construction process that would result in the project not being completed, an extension to the deadline may be granted after review by Six Corners Association. The applicant must submit an explanation in writing to the Six Corners Association requesting approval for an extension to complete a project or to be reimbursed after 180 days, if there are: delays in construction, unforeseen circumstances, or changes to project scope, contractors, or costs changes to the approved scope. Construction deadline extension requests must be submitted with an estimated date of completion. If the applicant moves ahead with the project before approval of an extension, they assume risk that the project may no longer be eligible for a rebate.
An invoice and final receipts must be presented to Six Corners Association upon completion of the project. Invoices must have cancelled checks or credit card statements attached to verify proof of payment. Applicant must be entity paying for the improvements.
Six Corners Association will schedule a site visit to determine that the project has been completed and that it adhered to the project guidelines.
Six Corners Association will photograph the completed project and present the results to the SSA Commission.
If applicants adhered to the project plan, timeline, and costs, Six Corners Association will reimburse applicants within 30 days.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Complete and submit the online application.
Download, sign, and notarize the following forms:
Property Owner Authorization
Statement of Understanding
Email or mail these forms along with:
Copy of Business License
Written plan outlining the areas of improvements that will be made with current pictures.
Competitive bids for service from two separate licensed contractors.
You will be required to apply for permitting upon approval of your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for approval.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or Six Corners Association, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. #301, Chicago, IL 60641.
Six CorNers ASsociation
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. #301, Chicago, IL 60641
APPLICATION DUE DATES
January 10, 2019
April 5, 2019
July 5, 2019
October 5, 2019
ELIGIBLE PROJECT EXPENSES
Construction cost of improvements
Removal and installation cost of improvements
Examples of eligible improvements:
New signage structure
Window and door replacements
INELIGIBLE PROJECT EXPENSES
Rear, side, alley improvements that are not visible from the public right-of-way or any interior improvements.
Improvements to the residential aspect of building.
ONLINE FACADE ENHANCEMENT REBATE APPLICATION