Monticello Building Improvement Program

    The overarching goal of this program is to improve the quality of the buildings to house existing and potential businesses, focusing on the physical infrastructure, increasing property tax base, and expanding the sales tax base. Generally speaking, there will be two application windows each year. No applications will be awarded until Council approves a Redevelopment Agreement (RDA) with the applicant, and the project is completed and signed off by City Staff, and within the terms identified in the RDA. The City Council approves all program funds, and has the authority to award beyond the 50% match up to $10,000, and extend the general timeline advertised in the policy. The applications will be based on an average score from individual members of the review committee: The Director of the Chamber of Commerce who will represent the business community, a member of the Main Street Design Committee to review the historic and aesthetic appropriateness in the district, and a member of the Planning & Zoning Board to provide oversight as it relates to the Downtown Enhancement Plan. Staff support will be provided from the Community Development Director, Permit Technician and the City Administrator.

    Download the application and policy by following the link below, or view the presentation overview.  Any questions should be directed to:
      Callie McFarland
      Director of Community Development
      217.762.2583 x28
      cjm@cityofmonticello.net 
Application Schedule*:
   Round 1  Round 2
 Applications Accepted December 1 - 15 June 1 - 15
 Application Review/Inspection  December 16 - January 15 June 16 - 30
 Award Announced January July
 Redevelopment Agreement Council Meeting, January Council Meeting, July
 Project Completion Deadline** June 30 November 30
 Reimbursement Council Meeting, July Council Meeting, December
*Dates are exact or the first business day thereafter.
**Project completion includes final inspection and submittal of all paid invoices to the City of Monticello.  Timelines are subject to project feasibility, funding availability, and council approval.  Additional deadlines may be considered pending council approval.

Download Building Improvement Program grant policy and application.

View Building Improvement Grant Program Presentation