Great Bridge Façade Improvement Grant

Great Bridge Historic Overlay District Grant MapThe Great Bridge Façade Improvement Grant is a competitive program that aims to ignite impactful exterior improvements to privately-owned, non-residential, and mixed use properties in the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District (GBHGOD). This program will spur further investment and redevelopment in the District to achieve the vision of the Great Bridge Village Design guidelines and

City Council's strategic anchor of making Chesapeake an exceptional place to live, learn, work, farm, and play.


A property is deemed eligible for this program if it is:

Façade and exterior improvements must be primarily visible from a front or forward-facing street, as defined in the City Ordinance for the Great Bridge Causeway and Business Character Districts respectively. For the purposes of this grant, the length of Battlefield Blvd S through the entirety of the Great Bridge Historic Gateway Overlay District, is also considered a front-facing street. 

Great Bridge Facade ImprovementsImprovements

Improvements may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Façade Improvements
  • Landscaping and hardscape improvements
  • Signage
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Pedestrian enhancements

Note: This program is contingent upon funding through the Capital Improvement Project budget and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Businesses leasing space in the Great Bridge Village should coordinate with their property owner, if they are interested in benefiting from the program.

Process, Requirements, Provisions

  1. Application Process

Eligible property owners seeking a grant must submit a complete application in eBUILD and supporting documentation, which may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Description of project
  • Construction documents of elevations, site plan, accompanying drawings, material samples, color samples, and other supporting material
  • Cost estimates (two quotes required)
  • Existing conditions photographs and aerial image of the site

Grant applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a rolling, first come first served basis, pending available funding. Applications will be reviewed by the Evaluation Committee comprised of staff from Chesapeake Planning and Economic Development Departments.

Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis, with a 1:1 match. Maximum grant award that will be reimbursed is $20,000. A Grant Agreement, in a form approved by the City Attorney, memorializing the terms of the grant shall be fully executed prior to grant approval.

  1. Project Requirements
  1. Reimbursement Provisions