Wayland Main Street/DDA selected for pilot round of the State’s Façade Restoration Initiative

Wayland Main Street/DDA selected for pilot round of the State’s Façade Restoration Initiative


(Wayland, Mich.) –


Wayland Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is one of three Michigan communities selected to receive state funding through the new Façade Restoration Initiative.


On Tuesday, August 28, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved $800,000 in grants for local façade improvement projects in three Michigan communities under the pilot round of the Façade Restoration Initiative. Awardees were the Marquette Downtown Development Authority ($300,000), the Wayland Main Street/DDA ($200,000) and the Ypsilanti DDA ($300,000). Approved in April, the $1.5 million Façade Restoration Initiative, or FRI, is intended to expand state support for façade improvement projects in Michigan communities. FRI provides matching funds of up to 50 percent of façade restoration costs to local downtown development authorities, Main Street organizations, principal shopping districts or local authorities. To be eligible, communities must have an existing and locally administered façade improvement program already in place. The program was also expanded by MSF today to allow Michigan nonprofits and tax-exempt economic and community development organizations to apply for future funding rounds.


“We were selected for the strength, clarity, and commitment of our current façade program and for the pipeline of projects we have lined-up. We are honored to be selected from the 60 communities that responded to the Request for Information. Not only does being awarded this opportunity recognize the positive impact of our program to date, it gives us the boost we needed to move forward on many projects. The face of our downtown will be radically changed in a relatively short period of time. We are grateful to have been selected”. Commented Wayland Main Street/DDA Executive Director, Ingrid Miller.



For more information contact, Ingrid Miller, Executive Director, at 888.417.6653 or Ingrid.miller@downtownwayland.com.




About Wayland Main Street

Wayland Main Street organizes and implements a holistic revitalization program for Downtown Wayland. We are friends and neighbors pulling together in a grassroots organization powered by community business and property owners, employees and volunteers, and residents and visitors of all ages. We are building legacy by encouraging and catalyzing preservation, investment and development. We are hometown folks celebrating place by bringing people together at special events, promoting awareness and involvement, and instilling pride in Wayland.