Grants

Grant Opportunities for Homeowners and Businesses

The City of Merriam invests in our community with grant opportunities for residents and business owners. Merriam City Council added new grants in 2021, including a Sustainability Grant for residents and a Historic Downtown Exterior Grant for qualified businesses. All grant applications must be approved before you start any work on your home or business. Contact David Easley with the Community Development Department at 913-322-5526 with any questions. Learn more about these programs below.

Homeowners

Exterior Home Improvement Grant    

Merriam residents and property owners can make outdoor improvements, including a new fence, deck, roof gutters, irrigation system, tree removal, painting, siding, new driveway, and more.

  • $50,000 available 
  • 20% reimbursement from $500-$2,500
  • Start accepting applications on Jan. 4
  • Minimum homeowner investment $2,500 
  • Learn more

 

Residential Sustainability Grant   

Residents/property owners can install energy-saving systems, including solar power, wind power, high-efficiency HVAC, insulation, energy-efficient windows and doors, and geothermal heating and cooling.

  • $20,000 available
  • 20% reimbursement from $500-$2,500
  • Start accepting applications on Jan. 4
  • Minimum homeowner investment $2,500
  • Learn more

 

Block Party Grant

Residents can cover party-related expenses such as food, paper goods, party favors, and hire entertainment/performers.                                                        

  • $5,000 available
  • Up to $200 reimbursement
  • Accepting applications April 1 to Oct. 15 
  • Learn more

 

Neighborhood Island Grant   

Residents can get 100% reimbursement to purchase preapproved plants and pay for upkeep for one of 20 islands. Plants must be installed by June 15.

  • $5,000 available
  • Up to $500 reimbursement 
  • Accepting applications April 1 to June 15
  • Contact Randy Fine at 913-322-5578
  • Learn more


Stormwater Program

Residents can receive 50% matching funds for adding rain barrels, rain gardens, native tree plants, and other native plantings to their property. 

  • $5,000 available
  • Rain Garden 50% match up to $1,000
  • Rain Barrel 50% match up to $75
  • Native Tree Plantings 50% match up to $150
  • Native Plantings 50% match up to $1,000
  • Project must be completed by Oct. 31
  • Learn more

Businesses

Historic Downtown Exterior Improvement Grant              

Merriam business/property owners can make outdoor improvements, including painting, siding, door/window replacement, awnings, building additions, landscaping, and more.