GRANTS, PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
The Capital Improvement Grant, Downtown Cheyenne’s longest running grant program, FUNDS EXTERIOR PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY & STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS for downtown businesses, enhancing walkability and pedestrian friendliness.
This reimbursement grant funds up to 50% of an allowable project cost. This grant has a “rolling” application, meaning business or property owners can apply any time of year.
This grant is also overseen by Downtown Cheyenne’s Design Committee.
ENHANCES HISTORIC INTEGRITY
Design Committee-approved projects help preserve historic details and maintains visual consistency through Downtown.
CREATES AN INVITING ATMOSPHERE
A more pedestrian friendly and inviting Downtown helps attract businesses, residents, and customers – the trifecta of a successful Downtown District!
PROVIDES A YEAR-ROUND TOOL
The Capital Improvement Grant program is open year-round so that property and business owners can access it when it is convenient for them.
The Facade Improvement Program (FIP) is an annual matching grant program that FUNDS EXTERIOR BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS for Downtown properties, reinforcing the aesthetic integrity and historic legacy of Cheyenne.
Typically, the application process for this grant program opens in early spring; with final decisions by the end of May to allow for summer construction. This program provides up to a 65% reimbursable grant for allowable facade improvements that adhere to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. In 2019, six facade projects were selected to receive grant funding through the FIP process.
The total commitment to these projects from Downtown Cheyenne is over $320,000 for 2019. This program is oversee by the Downtown Cheyenne Design Committee, a skilled group of volunteers who include historic preservation specialists, an architect, planners, a real estate professional, and Downtown Cheyenne staff.
Creates immediate visual improvements in public right-of-way, preserving history and aiding the Cheyenne’s look and feel.
Since its inception, over $660,000 in grant funds (up to 65% of total project costs) have helped improve Downtown’s appearance and attractiveness; helping keep historic viable for the long-term.
BENEFITS LOCAL BUSINESSES
Generates positive promotional publicity (e.g., The Atlas), increases property values and makes the district attractive to potential businesses, residents and patrons.
Reclaims alleyways and otherwise unremarkable real estate for to inspire engagement; providing a benefit to residents and tourists alike.
INSTILLS COMMUNITY PRIDE
Encourages community buy-in by showcasing local culture and history; creating visual stories unique to Downtown Cheyenne.
SUPPORTS THE LOCAL ART COMMUNITY
Supplies resources and funding for one-of-a-kind projects that beautify Downtown Cheyenne.
ENCOURAGES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Lowers barriers to accessing exercise; helping improve the physical well-being of the community.
PROVIDES ACCESS FOR EXPLORING
The number of bike locations, along with the number of bikes available, provide the public with a great way to explore Downtown, the Greenway and greater Cheyenne.
PARK ONCE, BIKE OFTEN
Using a free Re-Ride bike encourages visitors to experience Cheyenne in a unique way; allowing them to park their cars, then use bikes to explore and go from place to place.
We plan on listing past funded projects in this section in the near future. If you have suggestions on potential projects or programs you believe the DDA might be able to help with, please don’t hestitate to let us know!