The goal of the Life Safety Infrastructure Grant Program is to assist businesses and property owners with costs related to water service infrastructure installation for downtown rehabilitation projects requiring a fire suppression system. This program is subject to funding availability and is on a first-come, first-served basis. All projects must pertain to commercial or mixed-use buildings.
The program provides grants of $15,000 to $25,000 to fund costs directly related to significant water service utility infrastructure upgrades for an NFPA compliant fire suppression system. Such costs can include: street and sidewalk excavation, traffic control, upgraded water lines, meter vaults, water meters, fittings, street and sidewalk refinishing, and other exterior infrastructure components necessary for a fire suppression system installation or upgrade.
Grants require a 1:1 match from the applicant. Example: a $25,000 grant would require a $25,000 investment from the applicant for a total project investment of $50,000. Matching costs can include all work related to utility work and fire suppression system installation (interior and exterior).
Life Safety Infrastructure Eligibility Criteria:
Commercial, professional office, retail, and mixed-use projects;
Projects are within the City Center Mixed Use zoning district:
Applicants shall be in good standing with the City of Hagerstown:
Total project cost must demonstrate a minimum 1 for 1 match;
Fire suppression system related water service installations associated with bricks and mortar renovation projects; and,
Application must be aligned with the City of Hagerstown’s overall vision for the city.