Application period for Prairie Village exterior grant program opens Monday

Before (top) and after photos of a home improvement project that received a grant from Prairie Village in 2014.
Before (top) and after photos of a home improvement project that received a grant from Prairie Village in 2014.

Prairie Village residents in three pockets of the city considering home improvement projects for the coming year might just be able to get some of their money back under a popular program entering its eighth year.

Launched in 2008, Prairie Village’s exterior grant program provides reimbursements for part of the cost of home improvements that improve the home’s curb appeal. The application period for 2015 grants opens March 2.

The program was launched to incentivize homeowners in areas where the housing stock is falling into disrepair to invest in their homes, boosting property values in the neighborhood in the process. A map of the eligible areas can be found here.

Applicants who receive grants can get up to 20 percent of the cost of a project reimbursed with grants not to exceed $2,500. Homeowners must make a minimum investment of $5,000 in the project to be eligible for a grant.

In 2014, the city awarded 14 grants totaling $33,219. Homeowners invested $209,121 of their own money in those projects. To date, the city has awarded $269,482 in grants on projects in which homeowners have invested a total of $1,567,298. Windows, landscaping and gutter replacement are the most common types of projects awarded grants.

Applications for grants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the program and the application process, check out the city’s website here.