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New Program Awarding Grants for Exterior Downtown Building Lighting

December 21, 2018 10:52 AM | News

Downtown Lighting

The Building Exterior Lighting Grant Program is available to downtown building owners to improve lighting and create a safer pedestrian environment. (WINNIPEG.CA)

WINNIPEG — Building owners in the city’s downtown can apply to lighten up areas around their properties through a new grant program to create a more inviting and safe pedestrian environment.

The downtown public safety strategy was announced Friday and has $300,000 available over a two-year period to support lighting exterior building facades.

“Improved lighting was a key recommendation of the downtown safety strategy approved by Council earlier this year,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.

“This program supports building owners to improve exterior lighting on their properties and will not only make their buildings more welcoming but also help improve safety in the public areas around these buildings.”

The city’s urban planning and design division will evaluate and approve applicants, who will be granted up to $5,000 to cover professional design consulting fees. The grant program will match up to $10,000 in eligible costs per exterior facade of the building.