Grants & Assistance

The DDD offers grants and assistance exclusive to downtown businesses. All applicants must schedule a meeting with the Downtown Development District staff to review funding availability and program requirements.

Application Process

  1. Prospective applicant submits an application package which consists of an introductory letter providing an overview of the project, DDD Program Application, and supplementary documents. Documents may be submitted via US mail or email. 
  2. The DDD will schedule a meeting with the applicant to review the program and discuss the improvement plans. The applicant is required, per program guidelines, to meet with the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission (HDLC) to review and/or approve the scope of the project, including necessary work with an architect or engineer.  
  3. The DDD will provide a letter of Grant Commitment, subject to completion of the project according to city building permits, HDLC Certificate of appropriateness, compliance with DDD program requirements, and all other required approvals. The Grant Commitment letter serves as a notice to proceed on the façade improvement program.  
  4. The DDD does not accept as a part of the project costs any renovation expenditures made before the date of the grant commitment letter. Construction must commence within 45 days of DDD Commitment and be completed within 120 days after construction start date (subject to weather and other unavoidable events).  
  5. Once construction has been completed and all necessary final City and HDLC approvals are obtained and documentation (copies of cancelled checks) showing the applicant’s share of cost has been provided, the DDD will process a check for payment of the approved grant amount payable to the applicant. 

Façade Improvement

Façade Improvement Grants can provide up to $20,000 in matching grants for improvements such as sign repair/replacement, window/door repair/replacement, painting, and permitting.

Façade Micro-Grant

Façade Micro Grants can provide up to $6,000 in matching grants for improvements such as parklets, street furniture, awnings, and retail window displays.

The Micro Grant will also provide $3,000 with no matching requirement for businesses to install exterior lighting.

Sidewalk Improvement

Property owners can receive a matching grant of up to $40,000 to replace or improve the sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

Graffiti Removal

Property owners can receive a 50% reimbursement up to $2,500 to offset the expense of graffiti removal from their property.

Outdoor Dining Program

Downtown restaurants are eligible for up to $3,000 of assistance to purchase and install outdoor dining improvements such as parklet furniture, decorative planters, and portable heaters.

Banner Program

Organizations sponsoring civic and community events or special events can partner with the DDD to place their messaging on streetlight banners throughout Downtown.

Energy Smart

Facilitated via our partners at Entergy New Orleans, Energy Smart works with residents, business owners, facility managers and trade ally contractors to identify opportunities and provide cash incentives up to 100% for completing eligible upgrades with measurable/verifiable energy savings.

Façade Improvements

619 Canal St. is a century-old Greek revival commercial building dating from the 1840s. A grease fire in the early 2000s destroyed the entire building. The property owner rebuilt the entire structure and even restored the double galleries that were once lost. The first floor houses a popular quick-serve restaurant and the upper two floors have been built out as four luxury apartments.

The Italianate building at Canal St. and S. Rampart had been covered for 50 years with an aluminum façade. The Fischer family, which owns the building, utilized the DDD Façade Grant to restore the original design. Today the building is under renovation as part of the Hosteling International project. Fischer’s Jewelry, which has been in the building for more than 30 years, remains as a retail institution on this busy corner.

823 Canal St. was one of the most challenging façade restorations to date. The late Victorian building, dating from the 1890s had been significantly altered from the 1950s through the 1970s. Using historic reference photos we were able to recreate a near replica of the original building. All of the architectural details in this project, along with the windows, had to be completely recreated.