Harrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

A community improvement plan provides municipal funding incentives to property owners to stimulate physical improvements to commercial buildings, new business activities and residential accommodation in the downtown within a defined Project Area, the geographic area to which the plan’s program incentives apply. It has a series of programs that offer different financial incentives for specific actions and improvements, with the overall intent of revitalizing the downtown and strengthening the economic base of the community.

Through this program, a property or business owner can obtain financial assistance and grants to assist with building facade improvements, second floor conversion of commercial space to dwelling units, dwelling unit rehabilitation, outdoor patio construction, and other measures to enhance a business and the downtown.

Other grants equal to the cost of building permits and other legislated requirements are also available.

Interested in the Community Improvement Plan Program (CIP) but don’t have the Matching Dollars? The Business Resource Centre of Essex County has recently introduced microloans of up to $10,000. These loans are easy to access using a simplified on-line application process. The loan can be used to help finance your portion of the Town’s Community Improvement Plan grant program.

More information can be found at www.ec-businessresourcecentre.ca in the Business Loans Overview section, or call them to arrange an appointment with the business support staff at 519-776-4611.