January 9, 2024 -- The City of Highland Park is committed to supporting the local business community, laying solid foundations for sustaining a balanced and healthy business climate. The Exterior Improvement Grant Program (Program) is one of several initiatives demonstrating the City’s support for business and the community's economic vitality. The Program provides financial assistance and an incentive to owners of commercial property and sales-tax-generating businesses operating in one of the City’s commercial districts to improve the look and functionality of their property and place of business. The City’s contribution is a grant in the form of a rebate of up to 50% of the project cost to a maximum of $20,000. Payment shall only be made after the project is complete, paid receipts are submitted to the City Manager’s Office, and the City Council approves disbursement. For more information, please contact Carolyn Hersch, Business Development Manager, at 847.926.1027.Click here to download the Exterior Improvement Grant Program Description & Application.