The City of Willis Economic Development Corporation is pleased to offer a business development grant program to promote the development and expansion of business enterprises within the City by increasing the aesthetic and architectural value of the city’s façades. Based on a business’s visibility from sections of FM 1097 and SH 75 an eligible business can receive a reimbursement of 25% to 50% of costs not including necessary government approvals, building permits, and taxes.

The purpose of this program is to promote the development and expansion of new and existing business enterprises within the City of Willis, Texas (the “City”), and enhance the economic welfare of the citizens of the City, by securing and retaining business enterprises and maintaining a higher level of employment, economic activity, and stability.

The mechanism that will secure and retain business enterprises expressly benefited in this program is the aesthetic and architectural value of the businesses, façade especially, within the City and prescribed in the area on the map. By improving these aspects of local businesses the resulting increase in economic activity benefits members of the community.


ELIGIBLE AREAS

A business is eligible for a 50% match reimbursement if the side being worked on is visible from the highlighted sections of FM 1097 and SH 75. All other businesses are eligible for a 25% match reimbursement. All reimbursement amounts are subject to approval by the Façade Grant Committee.

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APPLICATION PROCESS
If you would like to apply for a facade grant, please fill out the 2017 Facade Grant Application (PDF) and return it to the City at the address indicated on the application. You will need to have the application approved prior to beginning work on your project. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Stacey Osborne, Director of Economic Development, at 713-456-9429 or via email at sosborne@ci.willis.tx.us.