Exterior Home Improvement Grant

Does your house need a new roof? Want to build a new deck? What about replacing your windows or driveway? Merriam residents looking to beautify their homes may be eligible for a grant.

The City is investing $50,000 in its 2020 Exterior Improvement Grant Program. The program will provide a 20 percent reimbursement for exterior improvements upon completion. There is no income requirement but other conditions may apply.

Homeowners need to have at least $2,500 in combined repairs/renovations. You may be reimbursed anywhere from $500 up to a maximum of $2,500. All Merriam residents, who don’t live in an apartment, may apply.

You can come to City Hall (9001 W. 62nd St.) and fill out an application. You must submit at least $2,500 in estimated work bids. Once the City approves your project, work must begin within 120 days. Grant money will be available until all $50,000 is allocated.

Homeowner Investment
20% Reimbursement

Who can apply? 

▶ Any non-apartment residential unit 

▶ Homeowner:

  1. Must be current on all property taxes
  2. Provide proof of property insurance

Application and program process

  1. Submit an application
  2. City staff will contact applicant
    ▶ Discuss project(s)
    ▶ Take photos
    ▶ Inform if permits are needed  
  3. Applicant must submit bids before application is approved 
  4. Application must be approved before construction can start
  5. Work must be completed within 120 days of application approval
  6. Work must be completed by Nov. 1
  7. City staff will perform a post-project inspection to verify projects are completed and code compliant. 
  8. The City will reimburse applicants after receiving at least $2,500 in receipts.

The City will start accepting applications on Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. Property owners must submit the application in person, by fax, by email, or through an online form. Grant money will be available until all money is allocated. Once all of the grant money has been allocated, a waiting list will be created for qualifying applications. Additional information on program eligibility and process is on page two of the application. If interested in submitting an application via email, please contact David Easley, neighborhood services manager, at 913-322-5526 first. 

**You can submit your application online or via email after 8 a.m. the morning of Monday, January 4. Online and e-mail applications will be entered at days end, in the order they are received,  following all walk-in application submittals.**


Staff Contact
David Easley 
Neighborhood Services Manager

Eligible Improvements
Solar panels
Door/window replacement
House additions
Irrigation system
Tree removal
In-ground fire pit or grill
Removal/repair pool
New/repair driveway

Ineligible Improvements
Masonry and foundation repair
Lawn care or maintenance
Play equipment
New pool
Patio furniture