Facade Grant

The Helena Business Improvement District Façade Grant program is designed to promote the improvement of commercial and multi-use properties in the Business Improvement District by helping property owners upgrade, rehabilitate, and preserve the facades of eligible structures in downtown Helena. Facade Grants provide matching funds up to 50% of project cost or $5000, whichever is less.

Apply now!  Grants are due MARCH 31st 2024!

Preliminary Online Application



Design Guidelines for Improvements in DT Helena HD

Articles on the program:



Awarded Grants

Montana Book Company

Before – drab and univiting.

After – colorful and vibrant!

The Garage – 334 Jackson St.

Before: Older paint with no awning 

After: Brighter paint complimenting the surroundings and a Louvers Trellis awning to protect from sun, rain, and snow.


Dowling Architects – 734 N. Last Chance Gulch

Before: Unused historic building in need of a facelift

After: Updated siding, foundation, roof, awnings, windows, garage doors


Western Gold LLC – 406 N Last Chance Gulch

Before: blank canvas wall hiding a previously artistically painted mural

After: Local artist and muralist creates a fun, identifiable marker


Union Market Block – 101 E 6th Ave

Before: Worn paint, in need of an update.

After: Fresh, vibrant paint brings the building to life.


2018 Awarded Grants

KOHRS BLOCK – 324 & 326 Fuller Ave

Before: Badly dated, uninviting 1960’s facade hides the building’s original character.

After: Original masonry is revealed, and the new storefront opens the space up to light and views.


THE PAINTED POT – 333 N Last Chance Gulch

Before: Tired awning and dated paint leave the entrance tired looking.

After: A bright and lively new look for an old favorite. New awning not shown.

SAGE & OATS TRADING POST – 330 North Jackson

Before: A plain exterior that is drab and easy to miss.

After: Inviting new awnings, updated lighting, flower boxes, and fresh paint make for a remarkable transformation!