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Program Description

The Town of Wainwright is willing to invest up to $10,000.00 annually into the retention of a unique, well-invested downtown core where people and businesses thrive.  The Downtown Vacant Spaces Incentive is a limited pilot program designed to provide up to $2,500.00 in start-up costs for entrepreneurs to activate vacant street-level commercial spaces in the C1 - Commercial Central District.

The incentive is available to businesses that take occupance of a commercial space that has been vacant for at least three (3) months.

Funding to a maximum of $2,500.00 per successful application may be used to cover 50% of eligible startup costs.

 Eligible Expenses

  1. Permanent signage on the front/exterior locations (in accordance with the Land Use bylaw) e.g. fascia/projecting signs
  2. Material and labor costs of painting
  3. Digital Communications and security systems e.g. electronic point of sale terminals, server upgrades, cabling and wiring etc.
  4. Material and labor costs of new flooring e.g. carpet, laminate, tile, hardwood
  5. Material and labor costs of shelving and cabinetry
  6. Material and labor costs of light fixtures
  7. Exterior windows and door replacement
  8. Building frontage including trim, facia, siding, brickwork, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

Town of Wainwright businesses that wish to apply for the Downtown Vacant Spaces Incentive must meet the following criteria:

  1. The business has purchased a vacant building or is renting a vacant building in the C1 zoned street-level commercial space in the Town of Wainwright that has been vacant for at least three (3) months. *Note that relocating businesses are eligible if they move from another zone into the C1 - Commercial Central District i.e. from C2 - Commercial Secondary District to C1 - Commercial Central District.
  2. Only one (1) application permitted per vacant building.
  3. Must have the expressed permission of the owner at the time of application.
  4. Must hold a valid Town of Wainwright business license.
  5. Must have no overdue balances on any accounts to the Town of Wainwright.
  6. Must be compliant with Town of Wainwright bylaws.
  7. Funding is awarded on a first come, first serve basis until funding limit is reached.
  8. Any businesses being provided an incentive from this program must be open to the public and utilized for an eligible commercial use.
  9. Applications must be received an approved prior to the opening of the business.
  10. A summary of eligible expenses and proof of payment in the form of receipts must be provided by the business to the Town of Wainwright.

The Town reserves the right to accept or refuse any Downtown Vacant Spaces Incentive Application. Disbursement of funds to approved businesses will be made once the business has opened to the public.

For submissions, questions, or clarifications of this program, please contact:

Carley Herbert
Economic Development Officer
Phone: 780-842-3381

Please complete Application Form below:

Do you rent your business location?
Do you own your business location?

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Please note that applications must be received and approved prior to the opening of the business.  If approved, you will receive notification from the Town of Wainwright.

Once your business is open, you will be required to submit a summary of eligible expenses and proof of payment in the form of receipts along with before and after project photos (if applicable) before funding is released.

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