Downtown Revitalization Program

What is the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program? 

The City wishes to encourage and support building and business owner investment in the upgrade of their existing building storefronts.  A well maintained and visually appealing Downtown will make a significant impact on the marketability of the Downtown and the Ashland community overall.

The Downtown Revitalization Grant Program is a process where the City, through an Ohio Development Services Agency Grant, will provide matching funds (dollar for dollar) to Downtown building or business owners who construct eligible improvements to their building storefronts (i.e. facades).  The building or business owner must apply for and be approved in order to receive the funding, plus improvements must be performed in full compliance with the Grant guidelines.

As an example, if the final cost of the approved improvements equaled $10,000, the Grant would cover $5,000 while the Applicant would be responsible for the remaining $5,000. 

Applications for funding can be submitted to our office on a continual basis.  The deadline to submit Applications is May 31, 2017.  All draw down requests must be submitted to the State by September 30, 2017.


Application Packet

Eligible Properties and Applicants

All existing buildings within the Downtown Target Area included below are eligible for funding.  The target area encompasses the Downtown area east of Claremont Avenue, south of Second Street, west of Union Street, north of Maple Street, east of Luther Street south of South Street, and west of Luther Street north of public parking Lot B.

Only improvements to facades that directly front a public right of way are eligible for funding at this time.  Any building owner, or business owner with building owner authorization, may apply for funding.

Downtown Target Area:

Eligible Improvements

The following improvements are examples of eligible activities that qualify for funding through the program:

Brick Cleaning

Exterior Doors


Masonry Tuck Pointing

Windows and Window Frames

Stairs, Porches, and Railings


Canopies and Awnings

Roofs visible from the street

Exterior Lights

Improvements for ADA Compliance

Entryway Repair or Replacement

Wall Facades

Architectural Features.


Architectural Assistance

The Ashland Main Street Organization has contracted with an Architect to provide concept and construction documents to eligible Building/Business Owners who wish to participate in this program.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Architect, please contact:

Tim Alexander of Alexander Associates Architects at 419-526-0909.


If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel to contact:

Shane Kremser, P.E., City Engineer, at 419-289-8331 or via email: