The City is no longer accepting applications for the Spring/Summer 2023 Sidewalk Improvement Loan Program.
Is your sidewalk in disrepair? The City of Helena can help.
The sidewalk improvement loan program helps property owners add sidewalks where missing or replace old and damaged sidewalks. The City consolidates all the sidewalk projects into one bid, which helps keep installation costs low. The City offers a 0% interest loan that is repaid via the property owner's annual tax bill over 10 years.
Each year the City will hold an open application period for property owners interested in the program.
Want more information about this program? Call 406-304-1830.
Property owners interested in participating in the program can submit an application using the online form. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. It is the first step in the process. It is important that interested applicants follow the remaining steps in a timely manner to give them the best chance to be included in the program.
To apply, please be sure to have the property tax ID.
City staff will contact applicants in the order in which applications are received. There is a set schedule of appointment slots to conduct an inspection and provide an estimated cost of work. The earlier an application is received, the earlier and more options the applicant will have to fill an appointment slot.
It is important that applicants are prepared to be flexible and diligent in scheduling their appointment.
Once an inspection and estimate has been complete, the applicant must return a signed copy of the estimate. Staff will accept signed estimates in three ways:
Once staff has received the signed estimate and confirmed available funding, the applicant will be notified of the result of their participation. If confirmed into the program, work can then be scheduled with the contractor.
Participation in the program is based on the order in which a signed estimate is received by staff and remaining funding is confirmed at the time of receipt.
Applications are accepted until the funding limit for the year has been reached. Once enough signed estimates have been received and no more funding is available, all applicants will be notified that the program has been closed for this year. However, if you receive notification that the program has closed but have already been given an estimate, staff encourages you to still sign and return your estimate as soon as possible. If additional funding becomes available for this program year, staff will contact the next applicant that has returned their signed estimate, in the order in which it was received, to offer participation in this year’s program.