Do façade grant programs work or are they no better than flushing public money down the toilet. I'm unaware of any research done to see what results they produce. But according to Amy Boccodaro of Easton's Main Street Initiative, they are a "great investment in the community." She told NorCo Council's Economic Development Committee on Thursday that Easton has invested $260,000 in façades over the past ten years, and it has been matched by $355,000 in private funds. She claims they increase v=business and eencouerage owners to make other improvements.