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Downtown Revitalization Grant Program

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The City of Fort Wayne created the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program to help improve downtown Fort Wayne's competitiveness in attracting and retaining businesses, encourage private commercial and residential reinvestment, stimulate redevelopment, and increase downtown property values.  Approved projects will receive grant funding based on a dollar for dollar (50%) match up to the maximum allowable grant amount. The primary objectives of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program are to advance the goals of the Downtown Design Manual , Downtown Fort Wayne Blueprint, Downtown Fort Wayne BlueprintPlus, the Plan-It Allen Comprehensive Plan, and subsequent community planning initiatives.

For general information or questions about the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program, review the links below or contact Carman Young at 427-5814 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you are certain that you will be submitting an application, the prospective applicant must meet with the Downtown Revitalization Grant Review Committee to discuss the plans and concepts of the potential project prior to the application being officially submitted.  Please contact Carman Young at 427-5814 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up the meeting with the Review Committee.  Prior to the meeting, thoroughly review the documents found below.  The applicant is welcomed to come to the initial meeting having attempted to complete the application and necessary steps, but it must be noted that it will be the discretion of the Review Committee as to what else may or may not need to be modified before the application is officially accepted.  If the applicant has a designer and/or contractor who will likley be assisting with project, he/she is also welcomed to attend this initial meeting.

Downtown Revitalization Grant Information and Application:
Map of Eligable Area
Grant Overview, Criteria, and Eligibility
Grant Steps and Process
Grant Application and Checklist  (This can be filled out electronically or by hand.  Regardless, it must be submitted with a hard copy due to the required signatures)
W-9 Form (Required as part of the application)