CoSign, a program of the National Sign Museum, put out a call in 2016 for a national launch of their turn-key placemaking neighborhood revitalization program. The Iowa City Downtown District partnered with MidWestOne Bank and the City of Iowa City and was one of six chosen communities. Years later now, the ICDD has unveiled over 30 pedestrian-oriented projecting blade signs and roughly 15 storefront enhancements that were locally designed and customized for downtown Iowa City. The program has since expanded to include the ICDD’s signature “+” aspects to include other incentives for signage, merchandising, doorways, and other storefront improvements.
For 2021, the CoSign+ grant program returns with matching funds, once again, with the intent to provide meaningful design for signage and storefront enhancements. This year’s program focuses on projecting signage, awnings/canopies, take-out windows, window transparency, and lighting. Downtown District businesses that are interested in the program should read the full grant process and follow the steps for eligibility.