Economic Incentives Policy
Location, demographics, and quality of life are just a few reasons the City of Littleton is a great place to develop a project or operate a business. A great city provides a strong and positive foundation for the development and business community. Taking an “Open for Business” approach to community and economic development, the city works collaboratively with developers and business owners to ensure long-term positive outcomes for all parties. Economic Incentive Policy. For more information or if you’d like to submit an application contact the Economic Development Department.
Grants offered through the City of Littleton encourage capital improvements and community engagement.
Revitalization Incentive Grant
Thank you for your interest in the Revitalization Incentive Grant. COVID-19 is sending everyone into uncharted territory. As business sales decline, so does the collection of sales and use tax by the city. The city knows this situation will resolve eventually, and endeavors to keep grant funds available to encourage community programs and commercial building improvements. If, however, the financial consequences become extreme, 2020 and 2021 grants funds may need to be reconsidered for a period of time. Applications will still be accepted. A representative of the Grant Advisory Committee will inform applicants if funds become unavailable.
The goal of the Revitalization Incentive Grant is to encourage private property investment and improvements, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative and of benefit to the community. In 2019 Littleton City Council approved $100,000 in funding for the 2020 Revitalization Incentive Grant to be administered by the Economic Development Department. The program offers up to 50% in matching funds to business tenants and property owners within the City of Littleton proposing projects that improve the appearance of existing buildings. Applications for consideration involve improvements visible from the public right of way. Basic maintenance is not eligible (e.g. repairs, painting, siding, roofing, window replacements.) NOTE: Applications must be received before project construction is begun. Application - Revitalization Incentive Grant
What types of improvements are eligible?
- Architectural/design assistance
- Façade (can include signage affixed to the building)
- Landscape (can include monument signage)
- Parking area
- Exterior lighting
- Exterior Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements
Main Street Historic District Grant
The Main Street Historic District Grant provides funding for improvements for property owners or tenants within the Main Street Historic District or in Downtown Littleton. Applications can be made for projects including architectural design assistance, façade work, removal of graffiti, maintenance, signage, or building improvements. Individual projects may be considered for awards up to $50,000.
Large Community Improvement Grants
Large Community Improvement Grants encourage neighborhood groups and homeowner's association participation in community improvement projects. Approved projects are eligible for up to $9,999 and must benefit the neighborhood, be accessible to the public and must have three bids. Large community-improvement grants are physical improvements to common areas accessible to the public such as;
- Playground enhancements
- Landscaping improvements
- Monument sign repair/replacement
- Decorative fencing
- Shelter construction and improvements
Small Community Building Grants
Small Community Building Grants encourage neighborhood outreach and engagement. Approved projects are eligible for up to $500 and include start-up assistance for neighborhood newsletters, neighborhood block parties, National Night Out events, and neighborhood clean-up events.
Local Partnership Funding (Formerly Nonprofit Discretionary Grants)
Each year the Littleton City Council considers requests for Local Partnership Funding (Formerly Nonprofit Discretionary Grants) from nonprofit organizations who serve Littleton residents. Grants are awarded during the budget process. Requests may include operational, one-time special purpose grants, or event sponsorships (in-kind or cash). This is a competitive process as council always receives more requests than it has funds available. Requests funded range from a few hundred dollars to over $20,000.