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Application Deadline: 06/01/2022

Qualified business and/or commercial property owners in Opelousas can now apply for grant funds for building rehabilitation work through the Building Improvement Grant (BIG).

The goal of the BIG program is to create a preserving the city’s historic identity and cultural assets while stimulating local investment.

Funding Information

  • The BIG is a reimbursement grant and award amounts must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipient. An applicant may apply for a grant project from $500 to up to $5000; however, the business and/or property owner must spend an equal amount or more on the project. This year, the Opelousas Downtown Development District has set aside $20,000 in funds for grant projects.

Eligibility Requirements:

An individual interested in applying for a BIG shall complete and submit an application to the ODDD office

  • All Applicants must currently own or be leasing the property at the time of the application, and have permission from the owner (if Applicant is not owner).
  • In-kind services or labor provided by the applicant cannot be charged against the grant.
  • Applicant is responsible for contacting the City planning & zoning department for applicable permits and inspections.
  • Grants must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipient.
  • Applicant must adhere to all city codes and design standards.
  • Grants will not be revised once approved due to changes in the scope of work or costs.
  • ODDD retains discretionary authority to deny any application.
  • If renovations are completed by two parties (business and property owner) funds will only be distributed to one applicant per business address per year.
  • Property for which grants are being applied must be commercial and within the ODDD.
  • Applicants for projects within the Opelousas Historic District must submit a signed Letter of Appropriateness from the Opelousas Historic District Commission before the project can begin. The commission meets on the first Thursday of the month.
  • Grant will be awarded as a reimbursement after completion of project and all proper inspections.
  • All applicant’s ad valorem tax assessments must be current.
  • Grant recipients will be responsible for reporting grant funds for taxes

Application Procedure:

Last year, a total of $10-thousand dollars in matching grant funds were awarded to five local businesses whose grant projects totaled just over $100-thousand dollars. “This grant program is not only helpful to business and property owners but also has a real impact on the outward appearance and character of our downtown,” said Melanie Lebouef, Main Street Director.

Some of the work that property owners can apply for includes, but is not limited to, restoration of building features such as windows, installation of awnings, (without signage), masonry work, lighting and electrical work, interior work related to walls, flooring and ceiling repair and plumbing.

Grant applications are due by June 1, 2022. To view the guidelines and application for the Building Improvement Grant, Click Here.


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