Investing in the Downtown Core

The City of Grande Prairie is dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown core and its vision for a vibrant city centre where people live, work, and play. The Downtown Incentives Program is designed to contribute to this vision by encouraging building improvements and new residential development in the City’s core. On January 25th, 2016 City Council approved Policy 316, Downtown Incentives Program.

We are currently accepting applications for the Façade Improvement Grant, Urban Residential Development Grant, Patio Grant, and Demolition Grant. 

The Downtown Incentives Program is comprised of:

  • The Façade Improvement Grant offers up to $50,000 in funding to downtown building owners and tenants making improvements to the fronts of their buildings. As of November 2, 2020, Council approved reopening applications for the Façade Improvement Grant under the Downtown Incentives Policy and expanded eligibility to include back alley improvements for businesses directly impacted by Phase Four Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscape Project construction.
  • The Urban Residential Development Grant is designed to encourage property owners within the Program Boundary to invest in new development and/or redevelopment of their properties for Mixed-Use or multi-unit residential use. 
  • The Patio Grant provides a financial incentive for business owners to develop an outdoor patio space and encourage an increased public presence on the streets of downtown.
  • The Demolition Grant offers a 50% matching grant up to a maximum of $50,000 for the removal of a building within the downtown incentives boundary.

Contact Information

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Program Coordinator prior to submitting their application.
The Program Coordinator can be reached at or 780-513-5240.