For commercial buildings and businesses located or planning to locate in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), the City offers the following grants:
Storefront Improvement Grant
This is a matching reimbursement grant for large, significant exterior renovations, up to 50% of project costs. Mid-block buildings may be eligible for up to $25,000. Corner buildings may be eligible for up to $50,000. Projects which have begun construction prior to being approved and entering into a Reimbursement Agreement are not eligible for grant funding.
2023 intake periods run from April 1-30 and September 1-30.
Note that the design principles have been updated to include energy efficiency and climate resiliency.
Applications submitted outside an application period will not be accepted. Please note that application periods may be cancelled if all funding is allocated during a prior application period.
Yes. We recommend submitting elevations and a rendering in your application package for best results. You will also need drawings to apply for City permits. Should your project be approved to participate in the Storefront Improvement Program, design fees can be reimbursed (50% of the architecture/design/engineering fees up to $5,000).
Before an application is approved, the Project Review Committee may recommend changes to the design to better meet program’s design principles. If a Development Permit or Building Permit has already been issued, a change in design may require an update to the existing permit or, depending on the scope of the changes, a new permit. This may increase the time and cost for the project.
Buildings that have some parking out front but have the potential to become more street oriented are eligible to apply, however the design must improve the connection and safety for pedestrians between the building and the public sidewalk. Buildings with a large parking lot are ineligible to apply. Please see the Program Guide or contact the Program Manager for more information.
Ground floor windows must be fully transparent by the end of the project and for the 5 year maintenance period - even if replacing windows is not part of the scope of work. Consult with your tenants to see if you can meet this requirement before applying to the program.
All security grilles, bars and rolling shutters must be removed by the end of a project, even if these elements were in place before the project began. Building security can include after-hours lighting, security cameras, installing shatter-proof glass and/or security films on windows to reduce the likelihood of break-ins.
A building is eligible for one grant, regardless of how many ground-level strata titles there may be. The Storefront Improvement Program encourages property owners who share a building to collaborate on building design so that the finished building has a cohesive look and feel. Commercial condominiums may apply to the program through the condo board if the condo board owns the exterior of the building.
The Storefront Improvement Program always includes a 5 year maintenance period for items of work that were reimbursed through the program. If you wish to change the storefront of a building that has recently gone through the Storefront Improvement Program, you may be required to repay 50% of the grant.
The City of Edmonton cannot endorse any particular business, designer or contractor. We recommend speaking with past program participants or the Executive Director for your Business Improvement Area for recommendations.
Storefront Refresh Grant
This is a matching reimbursement grant for small exterior renovations, up to a maximum of $1000 per building.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all this year’s funding is fully allocated