Community-Focused Business Improvement Grants

The Black River Falls Downtown Association helps local business owners enhance their business and the Black River Falls, Wisconsin, area through business improvement grants. As a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program, our association makes these grants available for the purpose of promoting the historic character of our downtown.

Our mission of downtown revitalization recognizes the importance of maintaining and enhancing the historic qualities of downtown. Grants awarded through this program are intended to encourage property improvements which further this mission.

Grant Usage

Grants are to be used for exterior rehabilitation to existing commercial buildings within the Black River Falls Downtown Business Improvement District. Rehabilitations or improvements are to be in accordance with the Association’s Design Guidelines and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Compliance will be determined by the Association Board Member.

Grants will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of business or property owner project funding up to a maximum of $1,000 per project for facade improvements and $500 per project for signs and signage. Only one grant may be applied per assessed address per year.


A limited amount of funding is available under this program and the Design Review Committee reserves the right to make awards of limited funds based on the relative merits and positive impacts of the projects. If several projects are under consideration at one time, grant applications will be considered in order that they are received in the Downtown Association office.


Building owners or their tenants may apply. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Downtown Association Board as their designs are developed. The Black River Falls Downtown Association will not use race, sex, age, or religion as grounds for refusing a grant to an eligible applicant.

Contact us at (715) 284-2503 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, to apply for one of our business improvement grants.

Business Improvement Grant Application