Facade and Rehab Grants

If you are a business or property owner in the DDA District, the YDDA has grant opportunities available for building rehabilitation and/or facade improvement projects. This is a reimbursement grant and the DDA will match up to 50% of your total project cost.

The 2023/24 Grant Cycle is closed for downtown and depot town districts. 2024/25 cycle will be announced in spring 2024.  west cross district grants are still available. 

Please email questions or complete applications to elize@ypsilantidda.org.

Grant Eligibility and Requirements
Example of Scoring Rubric
YDDA Building Facade and Rehab Grant Application

2023 facade and Rehab grant recipients:

  • 17-21 E. Cross St – Brick repair and awnings
  • 10 N. Washington St – Reopening a boarded up window to create a walk-up window, awning
  • 36 N. Washington St – Awning Replacement
  • 118 W. Michigan Ave – Exterior trim, lighting, paint, brickwork.

2022 Facade and Rehab Grant Recipients:

  • 406 W. Michigan – Interior and exterior renovation.
  • 114 W. Michigan – Unicorn Feed and Supply – Roof replacement
  • 19 S. Adams – Growing Hope Marketplace –  Removal and reconstruction of the top 24-28’ of parapet wall.

2021 Facade and Rehab Grant Recipients:
Grant program was still accepting covid outdoor extension submissions in 2021

  • 206 W. Michigan Ave- Ziggys-  ADA hallway to the back door, outdoor patio extension.
  • 212 W. Michigan Ave- Interior restoration to original state circa 1920s . 
  • 432 W. Michigan Ave-  Facade improvements including a mural painted by local artist Narooz Soliman.
  • 9-11 S. Washington St- Window restoration, tuckpointing, commission of mural by CW Creatyv 
  • 124 Pearl St- Ypsi Alehouse-  Large outdoor tents

2020 Facade and Rehab Grant Recipients:

  • 217 W. Michigan Ave- Window replacement and repair
    The rest of the June 2020 Facade grant funds were redirected to a COVID-19 Relief fund for storefront and patio extensions. Find more information here.

2019 Facade and Rehab Grant Recipients:

  • Bona Sera Restaurant- New Flooring 
  • Go Ice Cream- New Flooring – Complete
  • 133 W. Michigan – Upper Floor windows – facing Washington St.
  • 50 N. Huron- Cornice Restoration
  • Ypsilantique- Facade upgrade
  • Thrift Store of Ypsilanti- foundation support repairs
  • Hyperion Coffee- Window installment
  • Ypsilanti Auto Museum – Historical Marker

October 2018 Facade and Rehab Grant Recipients:

  • 117 Pearl St- Facade restoration – complete
  • 100 W. Michigan- Facade removal
  • 101 W. Michigan- Facade restoration
  • 209 Pearl- Alleyway conversion into a restaurant patio
  • Veg-o-rama- Interior renovations- complete
  • Sidetrack- First floor window installation – complete
  • Ypsilanti Food Co/op- ADA accessible front door replacement