The Façade and Security Grant provides funding to business and property owners to improve retail and building frontages, or to implement security enhancements on the premises.

Downtown Saskatoon is pleased to announce this new program, effective April 1, 2024, with funding of $25,000 available until December 31, 2024.

Eligible businesses can receive upto a 50% reimbursement to a maximum of $1,000 to complete exterior improvements such as building facades, signage, murals, architectural features, siding, lighting, awnings, security cameras, or related security improvements.

The goal of the program is to provide an incentive to business owners to improve the look and feel of their business frontages. Vibrant commercial districts have the potential to attract new customers, clients, visitors, and investors.

Eligible Properties
Businesses or properties that are located within the boundaries of the Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District

Eligible Applicants
Property Owners or Business Owners
-If the applicant is the business owner, the property owner must approve the application in writing and confirm that all improvements are to be paid by the applicant.

Ineligible Applicants
Residential properties located in the district and Government owned buildings (even if they have commercial tenants) are not eligible.

Eligible improvements may consist of, but are not limited to:
  • New Exterior lighting (not replacement)
  • Exterior architectural features
  • Exterior surfaces and details (mouldings, trims, etc.)
  • Windows, including replacement due to vandalism or damage.
  • New siding or façade painting
  • Awnings
  • Signage that is affixed to the building.
  • Entrances or doorways including accessibility improvements (ramps, wider doors, etc.) to the outside of the building only.
  • Patios, including patio heaters, benches, and chairs to improve either a patio or sidewalk café.
  • Flowers and or shrubs, if they are in the public realm outside the business/property.
  • Security cameras and mirrors.

The following improvements are ineligible:
  • Routine maintenance
  • Structural repairs
  • Roofs
  • Paving
  • Interior improvements
  • Any improvements not visible from the public right of way.
  • Any improvements that have been started prior to application approval.
Eligible Costs / Expenses

Direct project labour cost;
Design, architectural or engineering fees.
Contractor fees
Rental of tools or equipment
Project related material and supplies.
Shipping/freight

Ineligible Costs / Expenses

Staff wages and benefits
Purchase of construction tools or equipment.
Utilities
Duties
Permit fees
Expenses related to the improvement of the building façade not visible from the public right of way.
Façade improvement expenses started prior to application approval.

APPLICAtion Guidelines

Grants for projects meeting eligibility requirements will be awarded on a first come, first eligible basis.

In order to be eligible for this grant, the applicant must submit designs and costing for the project.

Designs must clearly outline the proposed improvements to allow the review committee to accurately evaluate the project, and clearly see that the finished project looks like what was intended during the application process.

Building, sign, and/or permits may be required based on the extent of the improvements to be completed. These requirements are not waived for the program and should be applied for prior to, or concurrently with, application for this program.

Applicants should be aware that the city of Saskatoon has a Façade and Heritage Conservation Grant and are encouraged to apply for that grant in addition to Downtown Saskatoon’s program. Businesses or properties receiving funding under the city program remain eligible for funding under Downtown Saskatoon’s program.