Batesville, IN— The City of Batesville’s Building Improvement Grant (BIG) provides matching funds to small business owners wanting to renovate the exterior of their structure. This program is aligned with the City’s goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan and promotes redevelopment and reinvestment in Batesville’s small business community.This matching grant program provides business owners an opportunity to receive up to $5,000 to finance direct costs associated with approved renovation activities.The program was launched in 2018 with initially four different grant cycles. In 2020, the program has been altered to include only two cycles for submissions. Those dates are February 29, 2020, and May 31, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after the May 31 deadline in 2020.So far, the program has assisted with funding projects such as Miss Shannon’s Music Studio, Giesting Financial, and Amack’s Well.Grant funds must be used for permanent exterior improvements and tenants must have authorization from the owner and have a minimum of two years remaining on their or lease or an option to renew to receive funding.Interested in applying or learning more information? Contact Economic Development Director Sarah Lamping at [email protected] or (812) 933-6113. Application instructions are available on the City’s website at www.batesvilleindiana.us by clicking on the Economic Development and then the Incentives tab and can be submitted at the Memorial Building or by contacting Lamping.