Curb Appeal Lottery

The BNA Curb Appeal Lottery program allows eligible participants to apply for up to $1,000 in matching grant funds, to be used for home improvement projects. The program covers exterior projects and all projects must be visible from the sidewalk.


  • Application due: May 1, 2018

  • Drawing held: May 10, 2018 (need not be present to win)

  • Projects can begin: May 11, 2018

  • Project completion: October 1, 2018

  • Final paperwork to BNA: October 31, 2018

Applications must be received by the BNA office no later than May 1, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Staff will look over all proposals for accuracy and to be sure all improvements are eligible through the NRP program. Please contact the BNA office with questions as they arise.


Bancroft homeowners and property owners of non-commercial properties with up to four units are eligible to participate in the program. The property must be located in the Bancroft neighborhood and the program is available only to existing properties, not new construction. Renters are encouraged to work with their landlord to apply. Businesses and commercial property owners are not eligible to participate in this program, but could be eligible for the Great Streets Façade Improvement Program.

Some examples of eligible projects are:

painting and trim work (paint, supplies, scraping, etc.)

exterior lighting (scones, yard lights, porch lights, etc.)

masonry work and tuck pointing

restoration of historically appropriate exterior finishings and details

hardscaping (retaining walls, steps, sidewalk, pathways, etc.)

labor and permit costs (however, homeowners who do the work themselves cannot bill for labor)

Some examples of ineligible projects are:

fencing (purchase, installation/construction, etc.)

landscaping (plants, trees, flowers, sod, etc.)

rain gardens (however, BNA does have a program to help with these as well)

yard art or decorations that are removable (i.e. holiday lights, bird bath, etc.)


BNA staff will determine if the expenses are eligible for reimbursement based upon funding source restrictions. BNA will not increase the reimbursement if the total cost of the project exceeds the requested amount in the application. If the property owner did not match 50% of the total cost of the project, the awarded amount may be reduced.

Participants will receive a BNA lawn sign giving credit for the project. The property owner must display the sign in the front yard until September 30, 2018.