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WRBD Grant Application

The Wheat Ridge Business District (WRBD) was formed in a joint partnership between local business owners and the City of Wheat Ridge to help revitalize 38th Avenue – the City’s traditional “Main Street.”  The effort has been expanded to serve businesses throughout the City of Wheat Ridge.

The Wheat Ridge Business District administers several grant programs for Wheat Ridge businesses.  The grant programs are matching grants up to specified limits.  This means for every $1 spent by the business, the WRBD will match $1 up to the specified limits.

  • Revitalization Incentive Program (RIP) provides assistance for facade (including architectural design fees) and sign improvements.
  • Accessibility Grant Program offers assistance for accessibility issues such as handicap bathrooms and ramps.
  • Commercial Exterior Paint Program is for businesses painting the exterior of their business.
  • Commercial Landscape Grant is a one-time grant for landscape improvements.

All grant applications are due by 4pm the last Thursday of the month for consideration at the Board of Directors meeting on the first Thursday of the month.

Businesses participating in any of the grant programs must be members of the Wheat Ridge Business Association.  Visit their website to sign up or complete the application and submit with your grant application.

NOTE: The applications are fillable PDF forms that you can type into and then print.  The signature and initial boxes are not fillable and need to be completed after printing.  

Get the overview and application forms:

WRBD SIGN AND FACADE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

WRBD Sign and Facade Program Application

WRBD Revitalization Incentive Program Acceptance of General Conditions (this form must be included with the submitted application).

All signs and improvements must comply with City of Wheat Ridge regulations.  For questions, please contact the Wheat Ridge Planner of the Day at 303-234-5931.

Helpful information can also be found by downloading this City of Wheat Ridge flyer concerning zoning for common signs.

Wheat Ridge Architectural and Site Design Manual

Wheat Ridge Sign Code

Accessibility Grant Program – In May, 2012, the WRBD Board of Directors began a new grant program to help business and property owners with accessibility issues when making renovations to properties.  The Board authorized up to $5,000 in a matching grant for property improvements directly related to accessibility issues.

WRBD Accessibility Grant Program Description

WRBD Accessibility Program Application

WRBD Revitalization Incentive Program Acceptance of General Conditions (this form must be included with the submitted application).

The Commercial Exterior Paint Grant provides matching grants of up to $500 for painting supplies to Wheat Ridge businesses who paint the exterior of their building.  The goal of the program is to encourage commercial property owners to keep well-maintained and vibrant properties in Wheat Ridge.

Download the application WRBD Commercial Exterior Paint Grant.

The Commercial Landscape Grant provides one-time matching grants of up to $750 for landscape improvements to Wheat Ridge businesses. The goal of the program is to encourage commercial property owners to keep well-maintained and vibrant properties in Wheat Ridge. Eligible project examples include, but are not limited to, tree trimming, tree removal, and xeriscaping.  Plantings must be of the perennial variety (considered more permanent) in order to qualify for funding.

Download the application WRBD Commercial Landscape Grant.

Localworks has entered into an agreement with the Wheat Ridge Business District to provide staffing resources to the effort.

The Current Board of Directors:
Joe DeMott, President
Loretta DiTirro, Vice President
Dick Matthews, Treasurer
Walt Pettit, Secretary
Tim Fitzgerald
Joyce Jay
Jessica Klingsporn
Roger Loecher
Jerry Nealon
Scott Walker

The permanent Board of Directors consists of eleven (11) directors selected as follows: Three (3) directors shall be appointed by the City Council of the City of Wheat Ridge and may be appointed and removed from time to time by the Wheat Ridge City Council.   Eight (8) directors shall be nominated and elected from the membership of the Wheat Ridge Business Association. Elected Directors shall be elected for a term of three (3) years, and shall hold office until the annual meeting occurring at the expiration of their terms, and until their successors have been elected and qualified. An elected director may be reelected for one or more terms.The WRBD meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Localworks office.

The officers of the Corporation shall be a president, vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer, who shall all be members of the Board of Directors.

If you are interested in being on the WRBD Board of Directors, please complete the Board Member application and return to Localworks.

For more information about the Wheat Ridge Business District, please contact Localworks at cobrien@wearelocalworks.org  or 720-259-1030.