COMING FEB 6, 2023

Applications will be available February 6, 2023.  You can find the applications on this page
If you would like to be notified via e-mail, please e-mail
with the following:
Address of the property, type of improvement, name, phone number 
An application will be e-mailed to you.  It is your responsibility to check your e-mail.  
What can you do in the meantime?
Gather supporting documents
Call contractors for estimates for your improvements
Work with a real estate professional if purchasing a home within the City limits
Visit a lender to pre-qualify for a mortgage if purchasing a home within the City limits
What you will need to submit:

Applications will not be reviewed without the following: 
Improvement Grants:
Project description
Contractor estimates 
Completed W-9

Home Purchase Assistance
Need signed purchase agreement
Loan estimate from lending institution 

Owners' occupancy affidavit
Completed W-9

To review the prior year guidelines, please see below


Applications are no longer available for the 2022 Housing Development and Beautification Program. 

 If you want to learn more about the program to be prepared for 2023, please click the link below.   
2023 applications will be available February 6, 2023.   

2022 Housing Development and Beautification Program Guidelines

2022 W9 form
2022 Request for Reimbursement form
Housing Development and Beautification program funds can be used for the following purposes

Substantial Redevelopment  $5,000 grant assistance for eligible projects in excess of $20,000 per unit. 
Contractor estimates required with application
$7,500 grant assistance for eligible new home construction.  Developer budgets required with application

HDB grants may be used to subsidize the cost of constructing new housing units or substantially rehabilitating existing housing units. These grants may also be used for the creation of new housing units through adaptive reuse of non-residential properties into residential properties. Certain permits, inspections, and registered contractors may be required to participate in this program.

Exterior Repairs  Grant assistance of 50% of eligible project costs (maximum grant amount $3,000) 
Grants may be used to undertake certain exterior home repairs and improvements which can be seen from your street, including but not limited to painting, porch construction, roof repairs, and window replacement.  Certain permits, inspections, and registered contractors may be required to participate in this program. 

Home Purchase Assistance Grant assistance of $5,000 for all eligible home purchases
Grants may be used for the acquisition of one-, two-, and three-family residences that will be owner-occupied. This assistance will be in the form of a grant check issued to the title agency at the time of closing. 

*other calculations and maximums may apply per project

Who can apply? 
Any current property owner in the municipal boundaries of the City of Sandusky that wishes to make improvements to their current living structure or develop a new residential structure.
Anyone in contract to purchase property that will be owner occupied within the municipal boundaries of the City of Sandusky

What is eligible?
  • Residential property containing 3 units or less
  • Owner occupied and long-term rental property (short term rentals are not eligible)
  • New construction of residential property
  • Physical improvements to the dwelling that can be seen from the street
  • Purchase of a home in the City of Sandusky

Completed applications can be submitted to
Applications will not be reviewed without the following: 
Substantial Redevelopment – New construction or rehabilitation projects totaling over $20,000 (excluding furnishings and appliances) Must submit the budget or proforma 
Exterior Repair Program – Need contractor estimates for work to be done
Home Purchase Assistance – Need purchase agreement and loan estimate. 
**Purchase Assistance is only for applicants that will owner occupy the home for 3 or more years

For questions regarding the program, e-mail or 419-627-5832