POWELL, Ohio — Earlier this year, the city of Powell passed an ordinance that created a grant program for housing improvements in the downtown Powell area.
Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 are available to homeowners in the Downtown Powell Incentive District. Eligible properties are located in the general area of Olentangy Street and Liberty Road. A full list of eligible properties is available here.
Potential projects eligible for funding include renovations to building exteriors, updating energy efficiency, such as energy efficient doors and windows, alternative energy sources, etc. Other projects may be eligible, as approved by the city manager.
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Approved projects require a 1:1 match by the property owner. So, someone looking for a $10,000 grant would also need to spend $10,000 of their own money. Money is distributed as a reimbursement after work is completed.
How it works:
- All eligible applicants must complete an application form, which can be downloaded here.
- The form should be emailed to Jason Nahvi at [email protected]
- The applications shall be reviewed by the Finance Director, the Community Development Director, the Planning Director and the Chief Building Official to determine eligibility of the project(s);
- The City Manager shall make the final determination of eligible projects for the funding cycle;
- Once award(s) is announced, the applicant shall commence work. All necessary permits and/or approval shall be obtained prior to work commencing.
- Once the work has been completed, the applicant shall submit all necessary information to the Finance Director, to include receipts, permits, etc., in order for the approved funds to be dispersed.
- If there is a discrepancy concerning the work performed the Finance Director and the Chief Building Official shall review the information and forward their recommendation to the City Manager or his/her designee.
- The City Manager, or his/her designee, shall be the final arbiter in the case of any discrepancy(s).
Funding is supported by the Downtown TIF Housing Renovation Fund. Funding is limited to the fund balance, so the city advises that not all eligible applicants will be guaranteed to receive a grant.
You can download the application here.