Business Grants 2018-03-14T14:53:43+00:00

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.

Grants include:

  • Up to $3,000 for sign improvements
  • Up to $5,000 for conversion of pole signs to monument signs
  • Up to $6,000 for facade improvements
  • Up to $2,000 for architectural/design assistance
  • Up to $5,000 towards a completed accessibility project
  • Up to $2,500 towards a Visual Impact Special Project that increases curb appeal
  • Up to $750 for a landscaping project
  • Up to $500 for exterior painting project supplies

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 following month.

Download the WRBD Matching Grant Program Application Here!

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

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

Tim Fitzgerald
Board Member

Roger Loecher
Board Member

Loretta DiTirro
Vice Chairwoman

Janeece Hoppe
Board Member

Jerry Nealon
Board Member

Walt Pettit

Joyce Jay
Board Member

Scott Walker
Board Member

Dick Matthews

Jessica Klingsporn
Board Member

The permanent Board of Directors consists of thirteen (13) 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.   Ten (10) 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 Chelsea Bunker at or 720-259-1030.