Incentives were developed by the City of Monroe in conjunction with the Monroe Downtown Master Plan to encourage a mix of retail and residential use, to maintain the upkeep of existing structures, and to retain Downtown as a catalyst site where redevelopment opportunities exist. Below is a short description of each grant with fillable PDF files. PLEASE contact the Downtown Office before considering filling out any of the grants below.
Downtown Event Sponsorship
Have an event which can have a positive impact on the economic growth of Downtown? Let the City of Monroe's Downtown Office assist in making the event a success!
Downtown Art Mural Grant
The City of Monroe and the Union County Arts Council are partnering to provide assistance in creating a series of murals for Downtown Monroe's Central Business District. These murals are part of an ongoing effort to craft a thriving public art environment, thus enhancing the downtown area.
Facade Improvement Grant
Grant assists with costs associated with the exterior improvements of buildings that exist within the Central Business District.
Blade/Suspension Sign Grant
Purpose of the Grant is to encourage the introduction of a pedestrian-oriented signage to the Central Business District.
Program which supports retail and resturant recruitment by assisting quality businesses with up-fit, occupancy, and other costs.
Meet Me Downtown
Program to assist quality businesses wishing to locate or relocate Downtown. Program is currently designed to help with the marketing and advertising of new businesses in order to establish their presence in Downtown and brand Downtown Monroe through a co-op marketing and advertising campaign.
Mixed-Use Development Incentives Grant
Grant encourages occupancy of unused space within the Downtown area and serves as a catalyst to preserve the structures that give Downtown Monroe its character and unique "sense of place."
Development Incentive Grant
This grant targets investments made on vacant land (infill development) or where rehabilitation of an existing structure requires repair or replacement.
Facade Rehabilitation Grant
Program designed to improve the appearance of historic buildings, stimulate private investment in these structures, and make Downtown more attractive to business activity.
Residential Incentive Grant
Grant assists with the development of residential uses in upper levels of the buildings that reside within the central Downtown area.