Seymour Main Street, in collaboration with the City of Seymour and the Community Foundation of Jackson County, seeks to provide a loan program to property owners in the downtown Seymour, Indiana. Eligible properties include existing buildings located in the Seymour Main Street Designated Area.
It is the intent of Seymour Main Street and the City of Seymour to provide financial loans to property owners to assist them in restoring and rehabilitating their property.
The primary objective of the Loan Program is to revitalize the Downtown Area by preserving and restoring the existing buildings.
We also seek to promote economic development within the District by providing financial loans to
(a) encourage occupancy of vacant commercial buildings
(b) provide financial assistance to avoid the occurrence of a vacancy of a commercial building
(c) to encourage renovation and rehabilitation of commercial buildings, particularly storefronts
Preservation as defined in this program means such renovation of an existing building as is necessary to make it structurally sound and usable for the applicant business; but will not include work that is of a routine maintenance nature. It is hoped that in addition to preserving the appearance of the buildings, the program will provide examples for the rehabilitation of other properties throughout Seymour.
Loan Fund Program
The loan can equal up to $10,000. The interest rate will be 3.00% per annum. Maximum amortization of loan repayment is 60 months.
Payment of the loan will be made upon proof of completion of 90% of the project. Funds are being provided by the City of Seymour Redevelopment Commission and are limited. Main Street will carefully examine applications to determine which projects will most contribute to the overall improvement of Downtown buildings. Not all projects that apply will receive funding.
Loans for awnings and signage are also available to downtown commercial property owners or commercial tenants.
All loans granted, with the exception of awning and sign loans, will have an origination fee of $500. Fees collected will be used to help offset loan administration expense.
Applicant must consult with Seymour Main Street prior to start of restoration project.
- The loan program will be administered by Seymour Main Street. Seymour Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee will determine eligibility and approve all loan applications.
- Selection to participate in the program will be based upon the applicant's consistency with the goals of Main Street and upon commitment to proceed with the building improvements.
- Applicants must submit an application along with cost estimates from a contractor specific of all work to be done.
- Work is to be completed and bills submitted within six months after approval of application. Extensions may be granted based upon extenuating circumstances.
A complete copy of bills from expenses relating to a particular project must be presented to Seymour Main Street before the loan will be received by the applicant. The amount of loan may be adjusted if the actual cost is lower than the estimated cost. A final inspection of the project by the City of Seymour will be conducted before payment of the loan will be received by the applicant. Any deviations from the approved application may disqualify the applicant.
Examples of Eligible Projects
- Signage (additional or removal)
- Awnings (addition or removal)
- Exterior Painting
- Roof repairs
- Upper Story interior rehabilitation
- Replacement of architectural detail
- Electrical work
- Interior improvements
- Window repair and replacement
- Improvements to structural integrity of building
- Alley way lighting
- Security gates and or fencing
Examples of Ineligible Projects
- Installation of inappropriate materials
- Window Displays (merchandising)
Loan Application Instructions
A complete application must include the following:
- A completed application form including a detailed description of your project
- If your project requires, provide architectural plans, design sketches or site plans (illustrating all proposed work on the building).
- A project cost estimate
The more detailed information and renderings submitted, the better your chances are for a successful review.
Projects including historic buildings in danger of being lost, in part, or in total, to disrepair shall have priority for funding. This may include properties listed on the state and/or national registers of historic places or properties with historical, architectural or cultural significance. In addition, vacant properties where fa9ade improvements would reduce the perception of downtown decay shall also receive high consideration for funding.
The following criteria will be used in reviewing applications:
- Project will create or expand a business
- Project will sustain jobs or create new jobs
- Aesthetic impact of the renovation
- Degree of the improvement(s) capitalize(s) on building's architectural assets
- Degree of historical integrity of renovation plans
- Other building improvements completed beyond those funded
- Proposed renovation will stop serious deterioration of the building's facade
The Seymour Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee will review all applications against these criteria. Funds are being provided by the City of Seymour Redevelopment Commission and are limited. The Committee will carefully examine applications to determine which projects will most contribute to the overall improvement of Downtown buildings. Not all projects that apply may receive funding.
The business or owner must be located within the boundaries of the Seymour Main Street District. The district boundaries include Pine St. to Broadway St. between 5th St. and Bruce St.
Application Submission and Loan Approval
- Submit a formal application to Seymour Main Street Grant Program, P.O. Box 92, Seymour, IN, 47274 or Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce 105 S. Chestnut St., Seymour, IN 47274.
- The Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee will review the application to insure consistency with the Program Guidelines.
- The Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee will make a formal decision within (30) days of receipt of the applications.
- The Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee will notify the applicant(s) of all loan awards.
- All loan projects shall be completed within 6 months of the signed loan approval.
- Prior to the funding of grants, any changes to the scope of work or completion date must be reviewed and approved by the Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee.
- Prior to disbursement of loan proceeds, a representative of the Committee will perform a site visit and review of the completed project for completeness and quality of work.
- All receipts must be submitted simultaneously to receive loan proceeds.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jeff Nolting, Seymour Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee Chair, at 812-524-7933 or Chamber President, Tricia Bechman, at 812-522-3681.