The Department of Planning & Community Development (DPCD) offers an Economic Development Grant Program to businesses and property owners for work on first- and second-floor spaces with an active street presence and where other funding sources have not been obtained.
All work completed must be for a commercial building located in the City of Barberton. Funds cannot be used to correct outstanding code violations, property damaged by collision, acts of nature, or occurrences covered by insurance. Only work begun after execution of the grant agreement will be eligible for funds. All work must comply with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations. Due to using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, job creation/retention must be documented. The created/retained employee must be a low-to-moderate (LMI) income person.
The economic development grant requires an eighty/twenty percent (80/20) match. The grant can pay up to a maximum of eighty (80%) of a project’s total cost. The Applicant will be responsible for the twenty (20%) match.