During the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting on Monday, December 5, staff announced the six awarded projects through the Town's new Exterior Improvement Program. Ben & Jerry's, Casa Del Cabo, Eagle Wing Inn, Inn at the Oaks, Main Street Mercantile and Ocean Park Inn will each receive funding to complete improvement projects this year. Program applications were thoroughly reviewed by an Application Review Committee and Town staff, using an established set of evaluation criteria. The top-ranking projects showed potential for highly visible improvements in Eastham’s business and commercial spaces, big economic impact through use of local contractors, and alignment with the Town’s strategic plan and economic development priorities.
Newly launched in 2022 with Eastham’s local American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the Exterior Improvement Program offers a maximum of $25,000 in funding per awardee and a streamlined project review process to help businesses tackle deferred maintenance and aesthetic improvements to their spaces. Awardees must contribute a funding match of 20% of their total project cost. In this first program year, the Town received 20 project proposals from Eastham business and property owners, with project requests totaling nearly $400,000 Congrats to the awardees - the Town looks forward to seeing the selected projects move forward!
View the slides from the Select Board presentation, including details on each awarded project, here.