The Life Safety Grant (LSG) is a matching grant program intended to provide financial assistance for the installation and compliance of the International Building Code fire suppression and safety code requirements. Eligible improvements include but are not limited to; fire sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire rated windows, walls and doors, means of egress and exit signage.
Goals of the LSG include to encourage private investment in commercial and multifamily housing through the use of public incentives; and to stimulate the redevelopment of vacant or open-for-business buildings in Historic Downtown Bryan, as well as the South College Avenue Corridor and Villa Maria Road within the Bryan Midtown district.
Matching grants are awarded for up to 50% of the total estimated cost, up to $35,000 for each life safety improvement. The aggregate total of grants awarded to a property may not exceed $50,000. The total amount of available funds for all 2020 projects is $100,000.
Applications for fiscal year 2021 are now being accepted.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first serve basis. Once all funds for the fiscal year have been allocated, no more applications will be accepted until the following fiscal year.
Applications are also available at the Development Services Office in the Municipal Office Building, 300 S. Texas Ave., on the corner of South Texas Avenue and East 29th Street.
Is there a deadline for applications to be submitted?
Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Once all funds for the fiscal year have been allocated, no more applications will be accepted until the following fiscal year.
What entity determines which applicants are awarded grant funds?
Applications are first reviewed by a review panel consisting of the Chief Building Official, Fire Marshal, and an Economic Development Representative. Following the panels review, the application will be scheduled for review and final determination by the Bryan City Council. Please be aware that in an effort to assist as many applicants as possible with the limited program funds available, the City of Bryan can make no guarantee that all submitted requests will be funded.
For more information about the program please contact Katie Williams, AICP, Staff Planner at email@example.com or call (979) 209-5030.