On Saturday, August 13, 2022, Mayor Shaunna O’Connell announced the opening of the City of Taunton’s new Sign and Façade Program for eligible commercial properties as well as expansion of the City’s successful Rent Rebate Program to the Weir and Whittenton commercial areas.
Mayor O'Connell: “Our goal is to support local businesses and economic development across the City. We are excited to offer these programs not just Downtown, but in our urban neighborhoods as well. Our local businesses are the backbone of our economy and the foundation of prosperity in our City. When we support local businesses, we ensure the vitality of our community."
Sign & Façade Program:
Funded by a portion of Taunton’s American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds, the Sign and Façade Program will allow commercial property owners in qualified census tract areas to receive assistance toward improving the appearance and integrity of their buildings, in turn enhancing the beautification of the City’s urban neighborhoods and villages.
The maximum grant amount is capped at $40,000 with the recipient being required to pay a minimum 25% cost share of the total project. This program can fund restoration services including windows, doors, awnings, siding, repointing brick, exterior lighting, and decorative architectural details.
Rent Rebate Program:
The Rent Rebate Program began as a reimbursement grant program for businesses moving into an eligible vacant space Downtown with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 in year one and $2,500 in year two.
Mayor O’Connell has expanded the Rent Rebate Program to include more areas in the City targeted for economic development. The new district includes an expanded Downtown zone as well as two new zones covering the commercial corridors of Weir Village and Whittenton. The maximum subsidy has also been increased to $6,000 in year one and $3,000 in year two.
The application process for both programs opens on Monday, August 15, 2022 at noon. Applications will be available online and printed copies will be available for pick up at the OECD office on the 3rd floor at City Hall.
For information on eligibility and how to apply for these programs, please click here:
Any questions may be directed to the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development at 508-821-1030.