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Critical Improvements Grant Program

In anticipation of new construction and development in downtown Dover, it is vital to bring current commercial building stock up to today’s standards, and to occupy these buildings with appropriate and sustainable businesses. 

To address this need, in July 2022, the Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) was awarded funds from the Delaware Community Reinvestment Fund and, coupled with DDP and property owner funding, now offers special program of “limited time only” financial incentives for improvements to properties in the downtown Dover central business district, with a priority on addressing critical life-safety and ADA compliance improvements, preparing for commercial kitchens, and ensuring that properties become leased as a result of improvements made. In December 2023, a second round of applications opened to fund additional projects. 


Current Cycle

$25 million 'jumpstart' to downtown Dover revitalization for partments, shops, parking - 2/2/24

Downtown Dover Property Improvements Sought, Press Release - 2/1/24

Previous Cycle

Downtown Dover Partnership finds funding to help 10 properties5/30/23

Dover to See $5.7M in Building Improvements - 5/22/23 | Alt. Download

Click here to read the press release - 11/9/22 

Grant applications are now open for the next round of awards. 



Click Here for the Application PDF to Review: For those that have already submitted a Pre-Application and have been approved to submit an Application.


Click Here to Complete the Application: It is recommended that Applicants first review the PDF of the Application (above).

Important Notes

  • Applications are due Monday, March 18, 2024. 
  • You must have all your information ready to complete this online application in one sitting. It could take 15-20 minutes. Therefore, it is recommended that you first review the Application PDF prior to going online to submit the electronic Application.

Information Sessions


12/13/23 - Critical Improvements Information Session

Questions about the Pre-Application process may be directed to or by calling the Downtown Dover Partnership at (302) 678-2940.

To view other downtown Dover incentives, click here.

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