Available Hobby Area District Grants

Business Facade Reimbursement Grant

What is the Business Facade Grant?

The Business Facade grant is a reimbursable grant designed to encourage business owners within the boundaries of the Hobby Area District (“HAD” or “District”) to improve the appearance and/or functionality of the front/visible portion of their property.

Business Facade Grant Key Concepts

  • Painting
  • Repairing
  • Improving
  • Remodeling

Eligibility:

  • Grants will be eligible for HAD Assessment Payers.
  • Residential Properties are not eligible.
  • Sexually oriented businesses, nightclubs, game rooms and similar businesses (as determined by the Board) are not eligible.
  • Applications must be signed and notarized by the legal business owner.
  • Unless waived by the Board, no applicant may be awards more than one grant per year.
  • Applications must show substantial improvement in the appearance of the facade.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Reimbursement Grant 

What is CPTED? 

CPTED is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built-in natural environments. CPTED strategies aim to reduce victimization, deter offender decisions that precede criminal acts, and build a sense of community among inhabitants so they can gain territorial control of areas, reduce crime, and minimize fear of crime. (see, CPTED.net) 

CPTED utilizes internationally recognized building, lighting, and landscape design to proactively deter criminal acts from taking place. Proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction of crime and the improvement in the quality of life. 

CPTED Key Concepts 

  • Natural Surveillance – lighting, cameras 
  • Natural Access Control – fencing, landscaping 
  • Territorial Reinforcement – signage, fencing, landscaping 
  • Maintenance – continued use of purpose 

Eligibility: 

  • Grants will be eligible for Hobby Area District (“HAD” or “District”) Assessment Payers. 
  • Residential Properties are not eligible. 
  • Sexually oriented businesses, nightclubs, game rooms and similar businesses (as determined by the Board) are not eligible. 
  • Applications must be signed and notarized by the legal business owner. 
  • Unless waived by the Board, no applicant may be awarded more than one grant per year. 
  • Applications must demonstrate a substantial improvement in the applicable property’s CPTED compliance. 

Neighborhood Monument Sign Enhancement Program

Project

To establish a grant program that pays a portion of costs associated with placement (or replacement) of a neighborhood monument sign located along or within major roadways rights- of-way in the Hobby Area.

Purpose

To incentivize upgrades to neighborhood monument signs to a marketable standard desired by the Hobby Area Management District for the purpose of enhancing the District’s image as a desirable place to live.

Eligible Participants

  • HAMD neighborhoods located within the boundaries of the District.
  • Signage must be entirely located within the boundaries of the District.