Facade Improvement Program

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The Facade Improvement Program provides grants to businesses or property owners to enchance and restore their storefronts. Since 1994, more than 100 facade improvement projects have been completed, aiding over 260 businesses. Facade Improvement grants prioritize:

  1. Painting entire buildings
  2. Improving public safetly lighting
  3. Installing anti-graffiti film coating on display glass windows and doors

If these priorities are met in a grant project budget and design, then the grant may also include signage, awnings, and limited landscaping. These noticeable improvements help to attract customers, leverage private investment from owners, and inspire improvements to neighboring buildings. 

Grants are provided as reimbursements to the participant after the project is completed and do not have to be repaid. The Facade Improvement Program includes:

  • Up to $10,000 whole grant for the project
  • Up to $5,000 matching grant per storefront when the participant provides a match of $5,000
  • Up to $1,000 beyond the grants to cover the cost of a City-selected designer to help you choose paint colors and other elements for your unique storefront design

Download the program brochure, guidelines and application for further details about further conditions and how you can apply. Grant funds are limited and applications are evaluated based on the merits of the proposed project satisfying the priorities of the program and maximizing the impact on the neighborhood.

All commercial properties with ground floor retail access to each occupied and operating storefront are eligible. Proof of three years or more remaining on each storefront lease must be provided. Properties cannot participate in the program more than once in any ten-year period.

If you are interested in this limited opportunity or would like further information, you may contact J. Guevara at Economic Development at 831-420-5156 or by email.

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