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Community Improvement Plan - Grants for Businesses and Property Owners

As of September 2016 Pembroke has launched it's Community Improvement Plan (CIP). A Community Improvement Plan is a tool used by municipalities to assist in community revitalization and achieving economic, community planning, and urban development goals through encouraging private-sector investment. 

The City offers 11 grant programs through the CIP which range in dollar value, and project type. Most grants are focused on commercial, industrial, or multi-use developments and buildings, with 1 grant focusing on downtown upper-tier residential development. 

  1. Accessibility Grant
  2. Affordable Housing Study Grant
  3. Brownfield Property Tax Assistance Program
  4. Downtown Housing Grant
  5. Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Grant
  6. Façade Improvement Grant
  7. Planning and Building Permit Fee Grant
  8. Project Feasibility Study Rebate
  9. Tax Increment Equivalent Grant
  10. Downtown Heritage Facade Improvement Grant
  11. COVID-19 Business Support Grant

Anyone interested in learning more about these grants or applying to them is strongly encouraged to contact Heather Salovaara, Economic Development Officer at hsalovaara@pembroke.ca or 613-735-6821 ext.1500. Heather Salovaara is  available to sit down with interested applicants to discuss their projects and walk through the application process.

For the full Community Improvement Plan click here.

For a summary document of available grants click here.

For an application form click here. 

NEW COVID-19 Business Support Grant

In August 2020, the new COVID-19 Business Support Grant was introduced. The grant is intended to provide financial assistance to aid businesses in adapting to the COVID-19 environment and adherence to public health and safety requirements. Should you have any questions regarding this grant, or any other grant, please contact Heather Salovaara at hsalovaara@pembroke.ca or 613-735-6821 ext. 1500. The third round of applications are now open. You must speak with or e-mail Heather prior to applying. 

Eligible Costs

  1. Renovation or constriction costs related to meeting new health and safety requirements and/or recommendations due to COVID-19.
  2. Signage costs related to COVID-19.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. All General Program Requirements outlined in Section 6.1 shall apply with the exception of 6.1a.
  2. With regards to section 6.1a: Business expenses related to eligible costs that were incurred after March 17, 2020 (date of the declaration of the Province of Ontario’s emergency) are eligible with supporting receipts/documentation.
  3. Applications shall be in accordance with the application submission requirements under Section 6.12. with the exception of 6.12(2)f.
  4. With regards to Section 6.12(2)f: Only one cost estimate or receipt is required for eligible work, however, the City can request that a second quote be obtained.
  5. Business must have begun operations prior to March 17, 2020 to be eligible.

Program Details

  1. A grant of 50% to a maximum of $2,500 of eligible program costs.
  2. The grant will be reviewed on a 6-month basis in December and June of each year until it is deemed unrequired by Council.

Application

For a grant application form please click here. 

Timeline

November 18, 2020: Round 2 of applications to the COVID-19 Business Support Grant due

December 1, 2020: Applications reviewed by Council

December 2, 2020: Successful applicants notified

** If you applied in the second round of funding you will be notified on November 4 on the success of your application.