Lynn Kitchens
Program Manager
119 North Buffalo St
Canton, TX 75103
903-567-1849 phone
903-567-1872 fax

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The Canton Main Street Incentive Grant program was developed by the Main Street Advisory Board to help downtown merchants with small exterior renovations.  Funds from this program are raised through volunteer Main Street fundraising promotions and corporate sponsorship.  This Incentive Grant Program is designed to encourage restoration and renovation of the Main Street District through small grants to building and business owners.

Guidelines for Grant

  1. Incentive Grant Program shall be limited to the commercial buildings and businesses located within the designated Main Street District.

  1. Grants will be administered on a first-come-first-serve basis until funds are depleted annually.

  1. Grants will be given for one-half of the cost for exterior renovations, including roof, signage, and awnings.    Interior renovations can include upgrading electrical, plumbing, and any ADA improvements.  Up to $1,000.00 match per building.

  1. Only those projects that meet appropriate design standards can be funded. Board decisions are guided by the Texas Main Street Guidelines, Secretary of Interior’s Design Standards and Canton Main Street Design Guidelines, City of Canton Historic Preservation District Overly Regulations.  Applicants are required to take advantage of the free design service offered by the Texas Main Street Program through the Canton Main Street office.  The Main Street Advisory Board will make the final decision on distribution of funds, as available. 

  1. Application must be submitted with a detailed description of the intended work (sketch, plans, color samples, etc.) that would be helpful to the Board in the decision making process.   

  1. Design plans (e.g., paint color, sign size, colors, shape and proposed placement) must be approved by the Canton Main Street Design Committee and Canton Main Street Advisory Board prior to work beginning.  Property or business owners must apply for grant before restoration or renovation work begins.  No grants will be awarded for work that has already been done.

  1. Any deviation from original plans approved by to the Board must be re-approved by the Board.  Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of Grant Funds.

  1. Grants will be administered as reimbursements once projects have been completed as agreed upon and receipts are shown for work completed.  Building or business owner will be reimbursed for materials only when building or business owner does their own labor.

  1. All work must be completed within 12 months of approval.
Click here for a downloadable Incentive Grant application. 

For questions, please contact Lynn Kitchens, Main Street Program Manager at 903-567-1849 or email at  
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Canton, Texas
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