Economic Incentives Policy
Location, demographics, and quality of life are just a few reasons the City of Littleton is a great place to develop a project or operate a business. A great city provides a strong and positive foundation for the development and business community. Taking an “Open for Business” approach to community and economic development, the city works collaboratively with developers and business owners to ensure long-term positive outcomes for all parties. Economic Incentive Policy. For more information or if you’d like to submit an application, contact the Economic Development Department.
Grants offered through the City of Littleton encourage capital improvements and community engagement.
Revitalization Incentive Grant
The goal of the Revitalization Incentive Grant [PDF] is to encourage private property investment and improvements, while making revitalization efforts affordable, creative and of benefit to the community. In 2020 Littleton City Council approved $100,000 in funding for the 2021 Revitalization Incentive Grant to be administered by the Economic Development Department. The program offers up to 50% in matching funds to business tenants and property owners within the City of Littleton proposing projects that improve the appearance of existing buildings. Applications for consideration involve improvements visible from the public right of way. Basic maintenance is not eligible (e.g. repairs, painting, siding, roofing, window replacements.) NOTE: Applications must be received before project construction is begun.
What types of improvements are eligible?
- Architectural/design assistance
- Façade (can include signage affixed to the building)
- Landscape (can include monument signage)
- Parking area
- Exterior lighting
- Exterior Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements
Main Street Historic District Grant
The Main Street Historic District Grant Program was created to preserve and improve properties in the Main Street Historic District while increasing the district’s economic vitality. Properties located in the Main Street Historic District that are at least 40 years old and designated Littleton historic landmarks used for commercial purposes are eligible to apply.
$50,000 in grant funding is available in 2021. The program is competitive, with funds distributed among top projects for various percentages of the overall cost of the projects. See grant program brochure and webpage for additional information on project eligibility, or contact the Historic Preservation Planner below.
Community Improvement Grants
Community Improvement Grants encourage neighborhood groups and homeowner's association participation in community improvement projects. Approved projects are eligible for up to $9,999 and must benefit the neighborhood, be accessible to the public and must have three bids. Community improvement grants are physical improvements to common areas accessible to the public such as;
- Playground enhancements
- Landscaping improvements
- Monument sign repair/replacement
- Decorative fencing
- Shelter construction and improvements
Neighborhood Grants encourage neighborhood outreach and engagement. Approved projects are eligible for up to $500 and include start-up assistance for neighborhood newsletters, neighborhood block parties, National Night Out events, and neighborhood clean-up events. Apply early for annual and seasonal events as the grant fund does max out each year.
Local Partnership Funding (Formerly Nonprofit Discretionary Grants)
Each year the Littleton City Council considers requests for Local Partnership Funding (Formerly Nonprofit Discretionary Grants) from nonprofit organizations who serve Littleton residents. Grants are awarded during the budget process. Requests may include operational, one-time special purpose grants, or event sponsorships (in-kind or cash). This is a competitive process as council always receives more requests than it has funds available. Requests funded range from a few hundred dollars to over $20,000.