Grant Programs

The City of Batavia offers a number of matching grant opportunities to support existing and new businesses. All programs are overseen by the Community and Economic Development Department. Awards are subject to available funding and City Council approval.    

Most programs require eligible property to be located within an active TIF district and/or the Downtown Historic District. The exception is the Gateway Improvement Program intended to incentivize improvements to certain pre-identified properties within the community. To verify whether your property is located within a TIF District or the Historic District, please visit the City of Batavia’s Maps page.

Full eligibility requirements and application materials for each program can be found below. Please contact Economic Development Manager Shannon Malik Jarmusz at sjarmusz@cityofbatavia.net or 630-454-2720 for additional program information. 

TIF Facade Grant Program

The Facade Improvement Program (PDF) - The City of Batavia offers a grant for facade improvement on existing buildings in the Downtown Historic District and an active TIF district. Eligible projects, once approved, may receive reimbursement up to 50% of the cost A minimum project budget of $1,000 is required and the total award may not exceed $5,000.

TIF Downtown Improvement Grant Program

The Downtown Improvement Grant Program (PDF) - This program is designed to encourage reinvestment in the downtown and encourage new entertainment, restaurant, retail and residential usesfor properties located within a downtown TIF district. This is an ongoing matching grant program, reimbursing up to 50% of actual improvement costs up to $25,000. A minimum project budget of $1,000 is required.

TIF Downtown Signage Assistance Program

The Downtown Signage Assistance Program (PDF) - This program provides a matching grant for up to 50% of the project cost, for sign design, fabrication and installation costs for new signs located in the Downtown Historic District as well as a Tax Increment Finance District. The maximum reimbursement for this program is $1,000 and a minimum project budget of $500 is required.

Gateway Improvement Program

The Gateway Improvement Program (PDF) was established in order to award matching grants for the purpose of providing certain property owners outside of a TIF District with a financial incentive to make physical improvements to their buildings and surrounding property such as:
  • The manufacture and installation of a new commercial sign (building mounted or freestanding) (up to $1,000). 
  • The design, purchase and installation of landscape and/or hardscape materials on the property (up to $10,000).
  • The construction of street-facing, building exterior improvements (up to $20,000); or
  • A combined landscape/hardscape and building exterior improvement (up to $20,000).