MILTON — The Santa Rosa Improvement Vitalization Enterprise grant cycle is now open. The grant provides commercial property and business owners money for façade and signage improvements to upgrade the property's appearance, increase its value and stimulate economic activity within the county.

The program requires a one-to-one match from the applicant, with a maximum $1,000 award for sign improvements and $5,000 maximum for façade improvements.

Grant funding of $50,000 will be provided from economic development funds. Funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis after submittal of proof of expenditures. If funds are remaining after the initial application cycle, a second cycle may occur later in the year.

The deadline to apply for the grant is April 30. Visit or contact Erica Grancagnolo, special programs manager, 850-981-2069 or, for more information and a copy of the application.