Front Door Grant Program

The Front Door Grant Program is an exterior improvement, curb appeal program for homes in Coon Rapids.  

APPLY NOW! Applications are accepted online through Feb 28, 2024.


The application opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

Grant recipients for 2024 will be chosen by a lottery drawing to be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. The Front Door lottery event will occur virtually and be available for live viewing on CTN 799 Government Channel (carried on Xfinity Cable in Coon Rapids) and streamed live on the City's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Front Door Virtual Lottery

Wednesday, March 6
Streaming at 6 p.m.

WAYS TO WATCH: Xfinity Cable Ch. 799  |  Facebook  |  YouTube.

All applicants will be informed of their selection status within two days of the lottery.

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The intent of the Front Door Grant Program is to pay a portion of project costs to Coon Rapids property owners who will make certain exterior improvements to the front (street side) of their home, increasing its curb appeal, which benefits the entire community. There are no income limits to participate in this program. 

Grant

Between $1,000 - $5,000.  Homeowners must pay at least $4,000 of their own funds to be eligible to receive the minimum grant amount of $1,000 from the City.  Grant dollars do not need to be repaid.

Grants will equal either 15% or 25% of the applicant's individual project amounts depending upon the scope of work. If the scope of work includes qualifying projects from both categories, then the grant amount will be determined individually in each category. The combined grant amount must be $1,000 or more (maximum $5,000) to be eligible. Cost of tools or tool rental will not be eligible for grant dollars.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 1 to 4 unit buildings, owner-occupied, single family, townhome, twin home or condo.
  • Located in Coon Rapids, MN and has homestead status with Anoka County Property Records. Relative homestead is not eligible.
  • Current on Anoka County property taxes.
  • Property value is less than $400,000 based on Anoka County's estimated property value.
  • Projects must include at least one item from the Beautification Project list.
  • Projects must be visible from the street in front of the house.
  • None of the exterior projects are covered, or will be covered, by an insurance claim.
  • None of the exterior projects will be part of a Home for Generations II grant.
  • Work cannot begin until the required paperwork has been submitted to the City and a Grant Award Certificate has been provided to and signed by the homeowner.
  • Applicant was not a Front Door Grant recipient in 2019-2023. If you applied in the past but did not receive any funds, then you ARE eligible to apply again.

Beautification Projects (25% grant)

*Applicants REQUIRED to include at least one project from this list.

  • Front door, storm door, and/or garage door
  • Sidelight windows by front door
  • Columns at front door
  • Covered front porch
  • Brick, stone or shakes
  • Alter roofline on front of house
  • Permanent landscaping (includes tree trimming, removal/replacement of overgrown or dead items, planting new trees, shrubs, plants and/or flowers). $500 minimum if this is your only beautification project.
  • Driveway, sidewalk (repair or replace)
  • Window boxes, shutters (add or replace)
  • Screening of utility boxes and/or garbage and recycling cans
  • Fence (add, repair, or replace)

Basic Projects (15% grant)

*These are optional projects an applicant may include.

  • Roof
  • Siding
  • Painting
  • Soffit
  • Facia
  • Trim
  • Gutters
  • Windows
  • Chimney repair, tuck-pointing, repointing
  • Deck - front or side yard - visible from front of house (repair or replace)
  • Porch - front or side yard - visible from front of house (repair or replace)
  • Retaining wall (repair or replace)

Optional Financing

The City has low-interest loans available to help finance the balance or your project cost. Interest rates are dependent on household income, but without income limits. 

For more information on financing options, contact the Lending Center at the Center for Energy and Environment at their website or 612-335-5884.

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