Map of Downtown Core and Fringe
Map of East Main Street



Downtown Storefront Improvement Program 


The City launched the program for the downtown core and fringe areas in 2006 to add momentum to the central business district revitalization process by offering matching funds to downtown businesses and commercial properties owners for improvements to the exterior of buildings on street-facing sides.


Program Overview 

  • A business must be located in the (Map No.1) Downtown Core or Downtown Fringe OR (Map No. 2) East Main Street boundaries to qualify for the program. 
  • Eligible businesses may receive up to $30,000 match if the total eligible items exceed $60,000 in investment of rehabilitation of the building façade.

  • Corner buildings may be considered for up to $60,000 match if the total eligible items exceed $120,000 in investment of rehabilitation of the building façade, and/or depending upon the extent of the project and the amount of surface wall to be renovated.

  • Storefront funds are provided in the form of a forgivable loan

  • The interest-free loans are pro-rated and forgiven over the course of five years contingent on project completion and the building and improvements remaining intact during this period.

  • The source of support for the program is the Mandan Growth Fund with applications considered on a first come, first served basis to the extent that funding is available.

  • A business will be ineligible for storefront funds if any improvement work has been started before approvals from the Mandan Growth Fund AND Mandan City Commission have been completed. 


Qualifying improvements must be to areas visible from the public right of way and may include:

    • Architectural services
    • Replacement of exterior finishes
    • Reconfiguring entrances
    • Installation of automatic doors
      *Program participation requires an automatic door on at least the building's main entrance.
    • Door and window replacement
    • Awnings
    • Lighting
    • Paint
    • Signs
    • Landscaping 


Click the FILLABLE FORM below to get started on the Storefront Improvement Program application and to read the complete program guidelines. 

Questions on the application or to find out more information about the program, please contact the City of Mandan Business Development Office.

(P) 701-667-3485 or by e-mail.