Facade Grant Program - Guidelines and Overview


The Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency (TURA) has implemented a Façade Grant Program to:

  1. Enhance the exterior condition of businesses in the Tillamook Urban Renewal District.
  2. Restore the historic character of buildings within the district.
  3. Improve private assets of the District by revitalizing distinctiveness and integrity of downtown structures.

Eligible Improvements:

  1. Awnings appropriate for the façade improvement and architecture.
  2. Exterior painting that it is consistent with other downtown buildings.
  3. Non-illuminating signs that are compatible with other buildings on the block and that conform to the standards of the Tillamook City Code.
  4. Exterior masonry repair.
  5. Repair to exterior facades (front, rear & side facades are eligible).
  6. Sign removal, replacement or repair
  7. Installation, repair or replacement to cornices, doors, windows, decorative detail, awnings, window display lighting.
  8. Exterior lighting
  9. Landscaping features (e.g. window boxes or planters)
  10. Bike racks or benches
  11. Removal of barriers to access for people with disabilities

Ineligible Projects:

  1. Interior improvements
  2. Roofing and paving
  3. Structural improvements
  4. Security measures (i.e. gates, security systems)
  5. Loading docks or parking lot entrances
  6. Removal of architecturally important features

Application Process:

In order to receive a Façade Grant the building owner, or tenant approved by the building owner, shall complete all of the following:

  1. Review the design guidelines.
  2. Complete and submit a Façade Grant Application form.
  3. Submit a drawing of proposed improvements (plans need not be done by a professional architect unless the project includes structural improvements).
  4.  An applicant may request design assistance.  Design assistance costs may also be funded by the TURA, in addition to grant allocation.  Dollar amount of design funding will be set by the proposal committee.  A supplemental application must be submitted to the TURA Proposal Committee for design assistance.
  5. Submit a specific description of each part of the proposed improvements (paint color, material type, etc.).
  6. Submit cost estimates for the proposed improvements.  Bids must be provided if the work is being done by a contractor.

Conditions of Approval:

Design review will be completed by the TURA Proposal Committee and will be performed in order of submission.  Approval will be contingent upon available funds.  The following criteria must also be met:

  1. Improvements must be on property within the TURA District.
  2. Improvements must conform to the standards of the Tillamook Zoning and Development Code and the Tillamook Town Center Plan.
  3. Properties must be up to date on all municipal taxes.
  4. Conditions of Approval may be developed by the TURA Proposal Committee or Board and shall be attached to the application.
  5. Funding is limited to one grant per business/storefront, per 12 month period.

Approval Procedures:

  1. Upon receipt of all application materials described above, City Staff will review the application and refer it to the TURA Board of Directors and Proposal Committee.
  2. The board will then make a decision based upon the character of the proposed design and its compliance with the design standards of the Tillamook Town Center Plan.  The TURA Proposal Committee or Board may develop Conditions of Approval which shall be attached to the Grant Approval Agreement.
  3. If approved, City staff will contact the applicant and construction may begin after the Grant Approval Agreement is signed by the applicant.  If not approved, the TURA Board will provide a written record of reasons for rejection.  The board may also include recommendations for steps that may be taken to receive approval.
  4. Successful applicants must sign the Façade Grant Approval Agreement.

Payment Procedures:

Construction may begin only after the application is reviewed by the TURA Proposal Committee and referred to the TURA Board for approval.  Any work done prior to formal approval, will not be eligible for grant reimbursement.

Grants will be issued only after construction is complete.  Projects must be complete within twelve (12) months of approval by the Urban Renewal Agency Proposal Committee.  Upon completion of a project, city staff must be contacted for a site inspection.  If the inspector finds that the project complies with all standards and conditions above and with the pre-approved plans submitted with the application, the TURA shall provide funding for fifty percent (50%) of the total cost of the project, not to exceed $5,000.  For example, a grant could be used to pay $4,000 of an $8,000 project.  In the event the project should exceed the original estimated costs, the applicant can request additional funding not to exceed $5,000 for the total grant funding.

If a contractor was used, a written invoice must be provided to the TURA Contract Committee before funds will be granted.  If a contractor was not used, receipts must be provided to the Contract Committee before a reimbursement will be issued.  Only materials may be reimbursed for projects that do not use a contractor.  Receipts and invoices must be accompanied by proof of payment (i.e. cancelled checks).  Funds shall then be dispersed within fifteen (15) days from the date of invoice receipt.

Further Information:

It is recommended that the applicant discuss their project with the Board or Proposal Committee prior to submitting an application.  Questions and applications will be accepted at;

Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency
210 Laurel Avenue
Tillamook, OR 97141
503-842-2472 Ext. 3463 or (503)374-1830
Facade Design Grant Packet – download from Documents Page
Facade Grant Packet – download from Documents Page

Executive Assistant

Debbi Reeves
210 Laurel Ave.
Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 842-2472 Ext. 3463 or (503)374-1830
Fax (503) 842-3445

Urban Renewal Agency
The Urban Renewal Agency Board is the governing body for the Urban Renewal Agency and oversees planning and execution of urban renewal projects and activities.

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