The Town of Drumheller ran their Storefront Improvement Grant again this year. The grants are aimed at providing money to businesses to encourage them to make improvements to their buildings.

Economic Development Officer Julia Fielding explained that this year's grants were targeted towards downtown merchants.

"The focus this year was very much downtown," she explained. "Not that other businesses were ineligible but [it] was definitely focused with the beautification for downtown. The Economic Development Advisory Committee felt that downtown was the priority area this year."

The grants provided matching funds of up to $5,000 to enhance storefronts or upgrade siding, windows, signs or smaller improvements like awnings or plants.

"[It] went well," admitted Fielding. "We had five applicants, and three were successful in getting grants. One included the Navy League building and one included Wade's Jewellery."

This summer, the Navy League Building was a flurry of activity as they improved window insulation and installed new lighting and signage thanks to a $3,000 grant.

"Last year we had roughly the similar number," said Fielding. "I would, obviously love to see a lot more. Maybe we just need to get the word out more. We advertised it widely. We just need to work with businesses and try and get the more the merrier. The money's there to help them so we want as many to apply as possible."

Most of the money for the year has been given out, but Fielding and the committee plan to review everything at the next meeting and decide their next steps.

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