The grant is part of the Community Legacy Program of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and will go toward upgrades like painting, awnings, lighting, new signage and repairs to masonry, doors and windows.
"The historic district of Ellicott City is one of the county's jewels," Ulman said in a news release. "This money will go a long way toward helping the building and business owners undertake those all-important preservation projects that will ensure this area remains warm and inviting to the hundreds of thousands who visit every year."
The Facade Improvement Program is administered by the county to help business owners with the repair and restoration of commercial buildings in Ellicott City's historic district, and matches up to $10,000 in funds for facade work. According to the county, building and business owners can apply to receive funding for up to 50 percent of a project's cost.
The Community Legacy Program awards grants for projects "aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization," according to the county release.
Any property owner or tenant — with the property owner's authorization — in the historic district can apply for grant funds. Applications are available at the county's website: howardcountymd.gov/historic_applications.htm.