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Illuminate Downtown Grant

The DVBA has grants available to downtown property and business owners who wish to better illuminate their buildings and properties. Grants of up to $5,000, to a maximum of 25% of the cost of approved work, are available for the installation of lighting which enhances the appearance of a building and/or better illuminates a property to improve security.  The overall objective of this incentive program is to create a more appealing downtown, with an enhanced comfort level for all who visit, work, and live here.

Financial assistance is available to assist with the costs of: retaining professional services of lighting designers, lighting products, and their installation. Grants will be paid upon satisfactory completion of work and presentation of all receipts to the DVBA.  All work must be completed within six months of your proposal being approved. To be eligible for a grant, a property or event must be located within the boundaries of the Downtown Victoria Business Improvement Area (click here for DVBA boundary map). The application for assistance must fully outline and illustrate the scope of work and the proposed lighting products. Unless circumstances warrant otherwise, more than one quote is required for proposed services or product. All work must receive necessary heritage and design approvals, as well as building permits from the City of Victoria.

While striving to enhance lighting levels, we will be working with BC Hydro to ensure "power-smart" solutions which minimize power consumption and any light spillage into the sky. Please contact us for more information on the Illuminate Downtown grant program.

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