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Applications now being accepted for 12 grant programs

The Town of St. Marys is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for 12 new grant programs as part of the Community Improvement Plan.  

The goal of the Community Improvement plan is to proactively support and invest in the beautification, revitalization, and economic development of St. Marys, to achieve a more attractive, prosperous, and complete community.

“A CIP establishes a framework for the municipality to invest in private properties.” Explains Grant Brouwer, Director of Building and Development for the Town of St. Marys. “Under the Municipal Act, municipalities are prohibited from financially assisting local businesses. Having a CIP in place allows us to financially assist privately owned land and buildings with physical improvements.”

The Town is currently accepting Pre-Consultation Forms for the 12 grant programs including:

1. Façade and Signage Improvement Grant
2. Building and Site Improvement Grant
3. Commercial Conversion and Expansion Grant
4. Downtown Rental Housing Grant
5. Accessory Dwelling Unit Grant
6. POPS and Public Art Grant
7. Sidewalk Café and Outdoor Patio Grant
8. Design and Study Grant
9. Planning Application and Building Permit Fee Rebate Grant
10. Redevelopment and Adaptive Reuse Grant
11. Province of Ontario Brownfield Financial Tax Incentive Grant
12. Service Connection Fee Grant

To apply to any of the above grants, applicants must submit a Pre-Consultation Form to Town Staff for a pre-consultation meeting to confirm requirements for a complete application.

For more information about the Community Improvement Plan, please visit or contact Morgan Dykstra, Public Works & Planning Coordinator at 519-284-2340 ext. 213 or  

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Beverly Brenneman, Corporate Communications Manager
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