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Facade Improvement Grant Program

Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA) works to deepen direct service to the community along Main Street with an opportunity to help property owners. Our goal is to preserve and improve our historic facades expecting our town will enjoy substantial economic benefits from "dressing up" Main Street.

RIA has spent the past 10 years working closely with several entities including Baltimore County, the State of Maryland, the State Highway Administration, and various other community organizations to maintain and improve the streetscapes within the CRD and along Main Street. The Facade Improvement Grant Program will seek to fill an additional gap in the needs of Historic Reisterstown by providing an incentive to improve the appearance of three buildings per year and partner with local vendors and suppliers to undertake such upgrades. 

The Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA) was recently awarded $30,000 by the State of Maryland to help restore some of Main Street's aging buildings through our Facade Improvement Grant. We need to award the grants by the end of 2020, so get your applications in ASAP! This year's funding was specifically assigned to Facade Grants for the 200 block of Main Street, but don't worry, we're going back for more so we can help award grants up and down all of Historic Main Street. If you are a Main Street tenant, or the owner of a building, and would like to fix up your building's exterior, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can send you the rules and application right away. Grants are for a maximum of $10,000 each, with no limit on the number of grants awarded. So you could spend $10,000 on your roof, or $1,000 for a new front window, or $500 for a new sign.. The main condition is that you have to bring one matching dollar to the table for every dollar of grant funds (so if you replace a sign for $500 you would get a $250 grant, and would need to cover the remaining $250). Grants are competitive and are awarded on a rolling basis, so when the money's gone, that's it! The sky is the limit, so bring us your ideas! Painting, roofs, windows, landscaping, etc. As long as it's on the exterior, we'll consider it.

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Reisterstown Improvement Association
P.O. Box 856, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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