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Business Improvement Grant (Downtown)
The Liberty Hill Economic Development Corporation (LHEDC) has established and funded the Business Improvement Grant for the City of Liberty Hill. The program provides grant funds to downtown Liberty Hill non-residential property owners on Ranch Road 1869 from State Highway 29 to all of Loop 332 and from State Highway 29 to Barton Street behind Parker’s Grocery Store in support of revitalization on a case-by-case basis.Grants are available on a 50/50 basis with a cap of $5,000 per grant. Sign grants are available on a 50/50 basis with a cap of $500 per grant. Grant funds can only be approved for facades and signs which are in alignment with the City’s Unified Development Code (UDC). Eligible projects include, but are not limited to the following:
(1) Façade renovations (visible to the public)
(2) Awning installation
(3) Exterior painting
(4) Outdoor lighting
(6) Parking lot improvements
(8) Roof and foundation repairs
Applications for the program are reviewed by the LHEDC Board. In addition to review for basic eligibility requirements, applications will be reviewed for:
(1) Potential to diversify the economy;
(2) Effect and support on other businesses; and/or
(3) Consistency with local redevelopment strategies.
The LHEDC Business Improvement Grant is set up as single-payment grant funds to non-residential property owners, and in some situations, tenants.The annual funding cycle begins October 1st of each year and ends September 30th of the following year in alignment with the City’s Fiscal Year. Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds for the funding cycle are depleted.No grant will be awarded for work that has already been done or covered by insurance.All submitted work will be reviewed and approved before any eligible work may begin.If awarded a Business Improvement Grant, any deviation from the approved grant project may result in total or partial withdrawal of the grant.A Business Improvement Grant “SIGN” must be displayed in the recipient’s storefront window for a minimum of three (3) months to publicly recognize the grant program.
Business Improvement Grant Application questions: LHEDC at 512-778-5449 - Extension 113.
Building or Sign Permit questions: Planning Department at 512-778-5449 - Extension 105.
,Complete the Application: Fill out Business Improvement Grant application and sign the agreement form.
Provide Drawings: All grant applications must include a scale drawing of the proposed work to be done with the name of the project manager or contractor. Support documentation and/or informational material needs to be included with the application for review by the LHEDC Board.
Provide Estimates: Obtain itemized estimates on all project work from contractors.
Self-contracted Work: Will be reimbursed for actual legitimate expenses, excluding labor.
Construction Bids: Construction bids submitted by an Applicant must be current and dated no earlier than ninety (90) days prior to the Application request. Bids shall be submitted on the contractor’s or project architect’s letterhead and contain the contractors name, address, telephone number. Bids need to be itemized in a manner that allows the LHEDC Board to determine bid components and authenticity.
Submit the Application: Return completed application with:
(1) Original itemized work estimates;
(2) Color samples;
(4) Photo or drawing of sign; and
(5) Notes on sign material of the proposed work.
Provide color(s) for the façade and sign. The EDC does not dictate coloring for façade and signs, however the color(s) need to be consistent with other downtown buildings / properties.
Approval Process & Eligibility: The approval and eligibility process includes:
a) All Business Improvement Grant projects must meet building Standards & Codes, including building and/or sign permit requirements.
b) The LHEDC Board of Directors meets monthly and applicants are encouraged to attend.
c) Only completed Applications with all required information will be considered. Incomplete applications will be returned.
d) An Applicant denied a grant by the LHEDC Board is not eligible to re-submit a grant application for a minimum of six (6) months from the date the prior Application was declined.
e) Applicants who receive approval by the LHEDC Board must commence construction as described in the application within sixty (60) days of the grant being awarded.
f) Applicants must complete construction described in the submitted Application within six
(6) months of the grant being awarded.
g) If the Applicant is unable to commence construction within sixty (60) days of the date granted, or complete construction within six (6) months from the date granted, the Applicant must submit a written request for an extension. The extension request MUST be made prior to the sixty (60) days or six (6) month time limit. The LHEDC Board is not obligated to allow extensions but may do so for good cause.
h) An extension, if granted, will be for the Terms & Conditions determined exclusively by the LHEDC Board. An extension denial cannot be appealed and will be final.
i) As a condition of this grant, and in consideration of the opportunity to apply for a grant, Applicant consents to allow City inspections to determine if the building is in compliance with the Codes & Ordinances applicable to the construction outlined in the application.
j) The LHEDC Board will recommend grants based upon the following. There is no proprietary right to receive grant funds.
(1) Amount requested;
(2) Grant funds available;
(3) Condition of the building in which grant funds will be used;
(4) Effectiveness of construction;
(5) Other grant requests;
(6) Type and nature of construction; and
(7) Proposed construction results considering the grant program.
k) The LHEDC Board shall consider any Application within its discretionary authority to determine what grant amount will be in the best interest of the Grant program.
l) The review criteria will include, but is not limited to:
(2) Streetscape objectives; and
(3) Overall revitalization of downtown.
m) Applicant will provide photographs of the building’s exterior as part of the Application request and also after the construction is completed, as a condition of final grant funding.
n) Applicant is required to obtain applicable City permits and approvals for construction.
o) No Applicant, nor Applicant agent, representative or tenant shall be entitled to receive grant approval on the same property if requested within three (3) years of the date a previous grant was awarded by the LHEDC Board.
p) An Applicant can attend LHEDC Board meetings which consider the Application or when requested to do so by the LHEDC Board. Failure to attend an LHEDC Board meeting when required shall be cause for rejection of the Application.
q) When the entire grant project has been completed and reviewed, the applicant will present the LHEDC Board with copies of paid invoices, including copies of cancelled checks and/or credit card receipts, for single payment grant funds of the approved funding.
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