Paint grants available downtown

Business owners may receive up to $1,500
If you're making plans to repaint your downtown business, the Madras Redevelopment Commission has a deal for you.
   The MRC Paint Grant Program is offering the owners of businesses in the urban renewal district -- from Cedar Street on the north end of town to Hall Road on the south end -- up to $1,500 to pay for paint and supplies to apply a fresh coat of paint to their businesses.
   "The program's been designed to assist businesses in the urban renewal district to repaint their buildings," said Nick Snead, director of the Madras Community Development Department. "The MRC recognized that the facade improvement program was successful, but it was expensive, and it only helped a few businesses in the downtown."
   Beginning Aug. 13, the MRC will accept applications for the program on a first-come, first-served basis, until the $15,000 set aside for the program is used up.
   Applicants should first call or visit the Community Development Department at 541-475-3388, or visit the Madras City Hall at 71 S.E. D St. to plan their project and ensure paint color selections fall under city guidelines.
   After the initial visit, applicants should visit one of four local suppliers -- Miller Lumber, Ace Hardware, Madras Paint and Glass, or Bi-Mart -- to obtain an estimate for the materials needed for the project.
   Besides paint, materials can include tape, hand tools, drop cloths, paint brushes, rollers and sprayers, pans, buckets, and masonry and wood preparation or preservation materials.
   "We want to keep the business local," said Snead. "That's important."
   Applicants then complete the application and submit it to the city. City staff will review and approve applications until funding runs out.
   "At a minimum, 10 businesses will be helped out," said Snead. "We hope more will be helped out; that's what the MRC's about. They're committed to revitalizing downtown Madras."
   For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 541-475-3388.