Batavia DRI- Building Improvement Fund


Batavia is “All In” to reshape its urban core by embracing and celebrating its rich entrepreneurial history, fostering cultural appreciation and creating vibrant places for all to enjoy. In alignment with the Batavia Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Investment Strategy the city will seek to foster more arts, culture & entertainment, healthy living & wellness, and prosperity for all.

A $600,000 Building Improvement Fund has been established to provide grant funding for applicants
to implement interior and exterior building improvements in Batavia’s Business Improvement District (BID) for commercial and mixed-use structures. Filling vacant and underutilized structure has been a common goal across many of Batavia’s planning documents including the Brownfield Opportunity Area (2015), The City’s Comprehensive Plan (2016) and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Investment Strategy (2018).

The fund will mimic the goals, process and requirements of the NYS Main Street Program that includes providing funds for administration of the program by the Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) and also providing funds for soft costs including architectural and environmental costs. The fund is available to any building owner within the Batavia Business Improvement District (BID)/ DRI boundary.

The BDC may award between $10,000 (minimum) up to $200,000 (maximum) in DRI grant funds, per building, not to exceed 60% of the total building renovation project cost. The funding is on a building-by-building basis and in-kind match is not eligible. Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the grant agreement are not eligible for reimbursement and not eligible as a match.

Design Guidelines Here

December 18, 2018- Building Improvement Grant Public Presentation and Information Session Here

Boundary Map BID/DRI Boundary

Grant Application- PDF or Word

Grant Guidelines and Instructions- PDF or Word

The Batavia Development Corporation Request for Qualifications  Architectural & Design Services- City of Batavia Downtown Revitalization Initiative Building Improvement Fund RFQ Here

December 18, 2018- Building Improvement Grant Public Presentation and Information Session flyer and presentation

Building Improvement Design Guidelines for Downtown Batavia- Here

Applications are due on January 18th by 4:30 pm; the BDC will accept applications after the deadline, however these applications will not be considered in the round one funding awards.  If there is fundingavailable after the round one selection the BDC will examine the applications submitted after January 18th.

Submit to Rachael Tabelski

via email:

In person or by mail:
Batavia Development Corporation
C/O Rachael Tabelski
One City Centre
Batavia, NY 14020