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Incentives and Programs

The City of Lethbridge is committed to the long-term process of revitalizing the Downtown. Through the Heart of Our City committee and the Urban Revitalization Department, numerous programs and incentives are available to provide financial assistance that will stimulate growth and development in the Downtown. 

For more information on any of the incentive programs please contact: Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager – or call 403-320-3926.

Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant

The Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant Program aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations, and community-minded individuals in implementing initiatives, events, and/or programs that seek to activate vacant, underutilized, and under programmed private and public spaces and places– safely with COVID-19 restrictions in mind – within the downtown district.

The first of four intakes is now open and will remain open until June 25, 2021.

Application Process:
  1. Use this Grant Application Guide including the overview of the application questions to prepare responses and complete the budget attachment document.

    There are two sheets in the budget template file. Only utilize the sheet that applies to your application funding scenario, leaving the other blank:

    a. For applications of 100% grant funding; and
    b. For application of partial grant funding.

  2. Open the digital application form and copy/paste responses.
  3. Add (upload) the budget on the digital application form

For more information on the grant and application process, see the Grant Application Guide or contact Andrew Malcolm at or 403-330-4235.

Patios and Parklets

Animated streets help create an exciting, vibrant, and safe experience in the downtown. A Patio and Parklet Support Program has been established as an extension of the Main Street Program to provide support to businesses that are interested in converting sidewalks and roads into expanded outdoor seating.

> Patios and Parklets Support Program

Urban Core Property Improvement Grant Program

A 50 percent matching incentive up to a maximum of $175,000 per property for improvements in the urban core, including: quality façade improvements, permanent interior and exterior space improvements, rehabilitation of key aspects that support the functionality and re-use of buildings, and barrier free/accessibility improvements.

> Policy

> Application Form

Urban Core Housing Incentive Program

    • A grant for development of attractive, self-contained market-rate dwelling units within the urban core. 

> Policy

> Application Form


Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program

A tax based incentive for targeted redevelopment (minimum $500,000) that reduces the effect of an increase in municipal taxes attributable to the differential between pre-construction and post-construction assessment in the urban core. 

> Policy

> Application Form 


Business Improvement Loan

Provides interest-free loans up to $15,000 for downtown businesses to improve the appearance and/or function of their business, with interest paid for by Heart of Our City.