New Grant and Rebate Opportunities for Merriam Residents

Published on November 17, 2021

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In September, Merriam City Councilmembers approved investing nearly $300,000 for 10 grant and rebate programs and helping fund several Johnson County programs that Merriam residents can use.

City programs coming back in 2022 include the Residential Exterior Home Improvement Grant, Franchise Fee Rebate, and Residential Sustainability Grant. We’re excited three new programs will start next year, such as a no-cost option to repair or replace driveways for low-income residents.

Dozens of Merriam residents have benefited from City grants over the last four years. The Residential Exterior Home Improvement and Sustainability grants alone have provided $240,000 to 120 residents to help them enhance their homes and property.

See what program best fits your needs, and find more information at merriam.org/grants.

 

New Grant and Rebate Programs Coming Soon in 2022

Residential Driveway Grant

  • $50,000 City investment.
  • The City pays 100% to repair or replace a gravel driveway or a driveway in poor condition.
  • Residents must own and live at the home and meet HUD requirements for low income.
  • The City began taking applications in October. This program is now on a waitlist for 2023.

Resident City Property Tax Rebate

  • $30,000 City investment.
  • Refunds residents the City’s portion of property tax.
  • Residents must be current on all Merriam property taxes and meet HUD requirements for low income.
  • The City will accept applications between Feb. 3 and Oct. 31, 2022.


Compost Bin Rebate

  • $3,500 City investment.
  • Provides a $40 refund to residents who buy or build a compost bin and an additional $35 rebate if they also attend a composting workshop.
  • The City will accept applications between Jan. 3 and Oct. 31, 2022.

 

Grant and Rebate Programs Coming Back in 2022

Residential Exterior Home Improvement Grant

  • $70,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses homeowners 20% for costs related to exterior home improvements. 
  • $2,500 maximum reimbursement.
  • Homeowners must make a $2,500 minimum investment in eligible improvements.
  • The City starts accepting applications on Jan. 3, 2022.

Historic Downtown Merriam Exterior Grant

  • $50,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses property owners 20% for costs related to exterior building improvements in Historic Downtown Merriam. 
  • $10,000 maximum reimbursement.
  • Property owners must make a $3,000 minimum investment in eligible improvements.
  • The City starts accepting applications on March 7, 2022.

Residential Sustainability Grant

  • $30,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses homeowners 20% for costs related to energy efficiency improvements to their homes. 
  • $2,500 maximum reimbursement.
  • Homeowners must make a $2,500 minimum investment in eligible improvements.
  • The City starts accepting applications on Jan. 3, 2022.

Neighborhood Block Party Grant

  • $2,500 City investment.
  • Reimburses residents up to $200 for eligible costs related to holding a neighborhood block party.
  • Block parties must be open to all neighborhood residents.
  • The City accepts applications between April 1 and Oct. 15.

Neighborhood Island Grant

  • $6,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses residents up to $500 to maintain a neighborhood island.
  • The money must go toward the cost of purchasing eligible planting materials.
  • The City accepts applications between April 1 and Oct. 15.

Franchise Free Rebate

  • $5,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses low-income residents the City’s franchise fee that’s charged to their utility bills.
  • The City starts accepting applications on Feb. 1, 2022.

Stormwater Treatment Facilities Cost Share Program

  • $5,000 City investment.
  • Reimburses homeowners a portion of costs related to creating facilities that improve the quality and reduce the amount of stormwater coming off their property.
  • Eligible improvements include installing a rain garden, rain barrel, or planting native trees and plants.

 

Residents can find more information about any of these programs, including rental, utility, and other home repair assistance through Johnson County, on our website. Call our Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 with any questions or visit merriam.org/grants to learn more.

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