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Township of Huron - Kinloss
Huron-Kinloss is now offering grants to businesses in our Downtown Lucknow and Ripley Community Improvement Areas.
If you own a property or operate a business within the Township’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Project Areas in Lucknow and Ripley (maps of these areas are available for download here: www.huronkinloss.com/downtown-improvement-progr.cfm), you may apply now for grants to make improvements to your building(s).
The Township is offering three grants this year: Façade and Storefront Sign Improvement Grant Program; Infrastructure Works/Building Restoration and Accessibility Enhancements Program and; Community Energy Efficiency Program. Grant monies are allocated on a first come, first serve basis until funds are depleted. Under each grant program, only one application per property will be considered.
Façade and Storefront Sign Improvement Grant Program
The Township has partnered with Bruce County on this Grant Program, allowing Huron-Kinloss commercial property owners and business owners to access more funding. Interested property owners/businesses must apply through Spruce the Bruce and meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the grant details. Grants are available through Spruce the Bruce’s Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant and Perpendicular Storefront Sign and Awning Grant.
Applications for flat storefront signs and standalone signs may be considered by the Township of Huron-Kinloss at a 50:50 funding ratio. Applications accepted through the Perpendicular Storefront Sign and Awning Grant.
Façade Improvement and Sidewalk Patio Grant
This grant matches local cash contributions up to $3,000.00 for projects under $10,000.00 with an additional $1000.00 given to projects over $10,000.00. Applications from the Township of Huron Kinloss communities are eligible to receive up to an additional $3,000.00 matched cash contribution for projects under $10,000 and an additional matching $1,000 for projects over $10,000 from the Township.
For example, a commercial property owner who spends $9,000 on a façade improvement could receive a maximum of $3,000 from Bruce County and $3,000 from the Township of Huron-Kinloss (each stakeholder contributes 1/3 of the project costs). A project that is only $3,000, would be eligible for $1,000 from Bruce County and $1,000 from the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
Perpendicular Storefront Sign and Awning Grant
This grant matches local cash contributions up to $1,000.00. Applications from the Township of Huron Kinloss communities are eligible to receive up to an additional $1000.00 matched cash contribution provided by the Township. For example, a business owner who spends $1200 on a perpendicular sign could receive $400 from Bruce County and $400 from the Township of Huron-Kinloss.
Infrastructure Works/Building Restoration and Accessibility Enhancements Program
This is a Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) program to provide tax assistance to private land owners in order to encourage private sector investment in properties and buildings. The TIEG Program will provide tax assistance equal to all or a portion of the municipal property tax increase following the completion of the project owned by a private land owner that has resulted in an increase in the assessed property value. The time period for the TIEG program would be up to 5 years per project or until eligible remediation and redevelopment costs have been offset, whichever comes first.
Projects that 1) bring existing buildings up to current Ontario Building Code standards; or 2) make existing downtown and commercial businesses more accessible through the installation of wheelchair accessible entrances and ramps, would be considered for this Program on a case by case basis.
Eligible projects will include the substantial development, redevelopment, construction or reconstruction of commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings/properties that result in a minimum of $100,000 increased in the assessed value of the property. Based on 2016 figures, an improvement which results in a $100,000 increase in assessment value would receive a grant of $705 per year.
The program guidelines and application form for this Program are available at the Township’s municipal office and online on the Township’s website: www.huronkinloss.com/downtown-improvement-progr.cfm Applications must be pre-approved prior to the project start date and a building permit is required.
Community Energy Efficiency Program
To assist commercial property owners with improving their energy efficiency and conservation, the Township would match local cash contributions for eligible improvements up to $3,000. Eligible improvements would include: 1) construction of new green buildings that meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification standards; 2) retrofit of existing buildings for energy efficiency (i.e. replacement of light fixtures, replacement of doors, windows, insulation, heating, etc.); and 3) alternative energy generating sources (i.e. rooftop solar panels).
The program guidelines and application form for this Program are available at the Township’s municipal office and online on the Township’s website: www.huronkinloss.com/downtown-improvement-progr.cfm
Bruce County is offering new grants this year in addition to their Spruce the Bruce grants.
Bruce County's granting program is now open! The deadline for the first intake is on March 31st. Grant applications will be reviewed on a month by month basis and the deadline to apply is at the end of every month (until the funds run out).
Grants are available under the following categories:
1. Business to Bruce Grants (to support business development)
2. Spruce the Bruce Grants (to support community development)
3. Explore the Bruce Grant (to support marketing and promotions)
For more information about available grants, please visit: www.brucecounty.on.ca/business/spruce-the-bruce/grants.php
If you require assistance filling out the grant application(s), please contact Michelle at the Township.
Attend this FREE workshop to learn more about attracting cyclists to your business!
Huron-Kinloss is partnering with Saugeen Shores on a Cycle Tourism Workshop. As a partner, Huron-Kinloss business owners and interested stakeholders can attend this event for FREE and have access to the Ontario By Bike website for FREE.
The Workshop will take place on April 26th from 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Plex in Port Elgin. Cycle Tourism is growing in Bruce County and Ontario and this is a great opportunity for our businesses to learn how to benefit from it.
Bruce Power and Bruce County are announcing an exciting new initiative to promote local businesses. Coupon Country is a website that showcases coupons from businesses in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties. Business owners are able to create and post their own coupons on the website free of charge. Only businesses that have coupons will be listed.
The website went live on March 24th and is ready for you to add your coupons! If you have any questions, or require assistance with adding your coupons, please contact Michelle.
We received word that the Foodlink Grey Bruce website has been decommisioned. Food producers are encouraged to visit the Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association's website for advertising and promotional opportunities: www.greybruceaca.com
The 2017 Ice Cream Trail starts May 19th!
This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversaries of Canada, Ontario and Bruce County!
This fun family photo scavenger hunt takes participants to nine (9) retailers that sell ice cream in Huron-Kinloss. The objective of the scavenger hunt is for participants to follow the clues at each of the nine (9) stops to find Sammy Sprinkles and take their picture with him. They then submit the photos to the Township of Huron-Kinloss to receive a free t-shirt AND this is just for playing! All entries will be eligible for the grand prize of 250 Huron-Kinloss dollars to spend at local merchants. Special prizes awarded for the most creative photo booth picture, most Canadian spirited entry and largest group entry. Contest begins May 19th and runs until September 30th.
If you receive Huron-Kinloss Dollars at your business, please accept them as the cash value indicated on the certificate and contact the Township to be reimbursed. Below is an image of a Huron-Kinloss Dollar certificate. An authentic Huron-Kinloss Dollar certificate has the Township's seal on it. We appreciate your cooperation with this initiative supporting local businesses.
There are two sandwich boards still available for purchase. These signs feature the Lucknow logo and are designed to fit with Lucknow's identity of a "General Store". The Township was successful in securing a Spruce the Bruce Grant last year to get these made. The cost of each sandwich board is $175.00+HST (compared to $400.00 regular price).
These signs are a great way to advertise your product specials and get people through your door. Please contact Michelle at the municipal office if you are interested.
The Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) Zone 2's spring meeting will be held in Huron-Kinloss. It takes place on May 18th at the Ripley Huron Community Centre.
We are currently looking for items to promote Huron-Kinloss businesses to give out to the Clerks and Treasurers attending the meeting (representing the Counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Huron, Perth, Simcoe and Wellington). If your business has promotional items to contribute, please drop them off to Michelle at the municipal office. We are looking for 80 pieces and the deadline to have them in is May 4th.
Advertising opportunity for agritourism businesses
Harvest Ontario is a magazine, which is distributed through Home Hardware, Home Furniture and Home Building Centre locations across Ontario. They are also available at some Ontario Tourism Travel Centres, regional tourism offices, farmers’ markets, farms and festivals.
Advertising is to be booked by April 3, 2017. For more information, visit: www.harvestontario.com
Support for general skills development and continuing education
Applicants must be a resident of the Township of Huron-Kinloss. 50% of the registration fee to refunded up to $1000.00
Course options may include: Project Management, computer literacy and skills, customer service and bookkeeping. Funding for transportation may be considered. Lake Huron Learning Centre located in Kincardine provides a variety of continuing education courses.
To be eligible you must be a resident of Huron-Kinloss. Pre-approval of your application is required. Proof that you have completed the program will be required. Limited funds are available.