Main Street Launches Facade Improvement Grant Program

We are excited to officially announce the launch of Build Up Marietta, a new facade improvement grant program offered by Marietta Main Street with the support of the Marietta Community Foundation.

Build Up Marietta is a grant program that will be administered by Marietta Main Street where business owners and/or property owners in downtown Marietta can apply for up to $3,000 in matching funds for facade improvements. Facade improvements include exterior painting, exterior brick maintenance, new or replacement awnings, lighting, new or replacement signage, door repair, window repair, and other facade projects that increase the value of a building.

The vision of Build Up Marietta is a vibrant, revitalized, visually-appealing downtown with historic structures that have been preserved and adapted to modern-day usage. This program is meant to pair financial resources with local mentors on restoration of historic properties, facade improvement, business enhancement, and design for awardees of Build Up Marietta funding. 

This program is due in part to the hard work of our Design Committee and their focus on beautifying downtown. We hope that Build Up Marietta opens the door to new partnerships with property owners and business owners, as well as new opportunities for property maintenance through quality design by helping offset some of the financial burden.
— Cristie Thomas, Executive Director of Marietta Main Street

The new facade improvement grant program will accept submissions on a quarterly basis, and all applications will be juried by a group of individuals who have a working knowledge of construction, design, historic preservation, and community development. The submission dates for 2017 are July 1 and October 1. All applications for funding must be submitted no later than one of those two dates. All notifications of funding approval will be announce within 2 weeks of each submission date.

Build Up Marietta will not fund new projects or projects already under construction, the purchase of equipment, interior renovations, or projects where the outcome is temporary. All grant submissions must be for projects in the C4 District of Marietta. 

For more information, please contact Cristie L. Thomas at or by calling 740-885-8194. To access the Build Up Marietta facade improvement program grant application, click the button below.