Building Improvement Grants assist business and property owners by helping to fund awnings and exterior improvements to properties, encouraging historic preservation, meeting ecological standards and building codes, and promoting projects that enhance the planned development of historic downtown Sanford. A copy of the application can be downloaded following this link for the Building Improvements Grant.

The Architectural Design Services Grant Category encourages good design that meets current building code long before a project begins. It can either be used to capitalize on the rehabilitation of existing properties and/or the introduction of new building design that is appropriate to the historic character of Downtown Sanford. Projects that will be looked most favorably upon will be those that facilitate the reuse of the building and/or property that has been vacant six months or more, promote historic preservation, convert upper story space into residential dwelling unit(s), and/or help bring a building up to code. A copy of the application can be downloaded following this link for the Architectural Design Services Grant.

Owners and tenants of any commercial building located within the municipal service district are eligible to apply for both types of grants, with the building owner’s written permission. For more information or to find out if your property is located in the special downtown tax district, please contact Downtown Sanford, Inc. at: 919-775-8332.