The New Milford Economic Development Corp. is offering a façade-improvement program to local businesses and building owners to improve the exteriors of downtown buildings.

The initiative is a grant and loan program that will allow businesses and commercial property owners to refresh the front of their buildings to increase the aesthetic quality of the downtown area.

Applicants can receive up to $5,000 in low-cost funding, including up to $2,500 in grant funding.

The grant and loan funding provides business owners or their landlords the opportunity to install new doors, repaint, repair walls and windows, install cornices and purchase new awnings, as well as make other exterior improvements that will beautify the village.

The New Milford Economic Development Corporation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was formed in 2010 to promote economic development in the town of New Milford.

The Facade Improvement Program is one of the group's first projects to help all New Milford businesses.

The corporation's mission is three tiered: promotion of the region to encourage business expansion in New Milford; advocacy and support for local businesses; and offering financing programs for existing businesses and for new ones to start up.

For more information, call 860-355-6081.