Business Improvement Grant
Business Improvement Grant
February 1-28, 2017 & June 1-20, 2017
The Mission Business Improvement Grant (B. I. G.) supports local businesses through funding for exterior building repairs or improvements and qualified energy efficiency upgrades.
Since its start in 2004, the Mission BIG has awarded over $390,000 to benefit more than 90 local businesses. These grants have leveraged over $1.2 million in total investment in the community.
Applicants will be reimbursed at one-half (50%) of their approved costs, with the City’s share not to exceed $10,000 per project annually or $2,000 per sign.
Qualifying Exterior Improvements
Building repairs (painting, tuck pointing, awning replacement, etc)
Building improvements (additions, replacements, etc)
Sidewalk and streetscape improvements (pedestrian pavement, seating, etc)
Signs ($2,000 maximum)
Qualifying Energy Efficiency Improvements*
Interior and Exterior Lighting Systems
Building Mechanical Systems (heating, cooling, ventilation)
Hot Water Systems
Building Envelope (including doors, windows, insulation, roofing etc)
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
*An energy audit conducted by a State or KCP&L certified auditor identifying the interior energy efficiency improvement and demonstrating an improvement over existing conditions is required. Up to 25% of the cost of the audit can be reimbursed with the project. Businesses that participated in the City’s Pilot Assessment Audit in the spring of 2009 are also eligible.
Eligibility & Program Details
- The grant is open to any properties in the City of Mission with Commercial, Industrial, Main Street, Mixed Use, or Business Park District zoning.
Grant applications may be made by either a business or property owner. All grant monies will be issued as a reimbursement to the applicant.
Property or business owners cannot claim exemption from city, state, or federal taxes and must be current on their property taxes.
Business must have a valid Occupational License with the City of Mission at the time of application.
Projects must meet all applicable Design Guideline, Form Based Code, Zoning, Sign and Building Code requirements.
Only one grant is allowed per annual cycle per applicant.
Reported project values shall include the total value of work, including materials and labor, for which the grant is being issued. Projects or project elements valued at over $5,000 will be required to submit three bids. The City will reimburse at the rate of the lowest bid but the applicant is free to select whichever bid they prefer.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed in batches throughout the year. The first round of applications will be accepted February 1- 28th. Once the application deadline has passed, grant awards will be assigned based on project scores until all funds are committed. Grant scoring criteria are listed in the program details document link below. If any funds remain, a second round of grant applications will be accepted and reviewed in a similar process starting June 1st-30th.
Applications will be reviewed and scored by a committee appointed by the Mayor and the City Administrator.
Projects may not be started prior to grant approval. Project costs incurred prior to grant approval will not be reimbursed. Projects already underway are not eligible for consideration, with the exception of an energy audit. Up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of the audit can be reimbursed with the project.
Projects must be complete or substantially complete within three (3) months of approval. A deadline for completion will be included in the grant approval. Projects may only receive a one deadline extension. Projects not completed in the required timeframe may lose their grant awards
Properties or business may only receive assistance with the cost of conducting an energy audit once.
- For projects that require building permits, a passing final building inspection is required prior to the disbursement of any grant funds.
Download a 2017 grant application here.
Download the 2017 program details here.
Danielle Sitzman, AICP