BIG Grant Program has assisted 24 businesses since 2018

BATESVILLE, IN — The City of Batesville is continuing its efforts to assist with storefront renovation projects. The Building Improvement Grant (BIG) provides matching funds to small business owners wanting to renovate the exterior of their structure.

This is a matching grant program where tenants and property owners can receive dollar for dollar matching funds up to $5,000 to finance direct costs associated with approved renovation activities. The program is for permanent exterior façade projects and must be completed within six months of signing the grant agreement. Tenants must have a minimum of two years remaining on their lease or an option to renew to receive funding.

“Since the BIG Program began in 2018, financial support has been provided on 24 projects, totaling $88,000. This program provides us with the opportunity to improve the economic vitality of our community. To receive an award, renovation plans must be approved by the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and are subject to local ordinances. This is a vital re-investment in our community.” said Economic Development Director Sarah Lamping.

Eligible projects can include but are not limited to awnings, windows, painting, structural or design changes, exterior finishes, or door repairs.

Interested in applying or learning more information for 2022? Contact Economic Development Director Sarah Lamping at [email protected] or (812) 933-6113. Application instructions are available on the City’s website at by clicking on Economic Development and then the Incentives tab and can be submitted at the Memorial Building or by contacting Lamping.

(City of Batesville press release)