For commercial buildings and businesses located or planning to locate in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), the City offers the following grants:

Storefront Improvement Grant - a matching reimbursement grant for large, impactful 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. 

  • Next application period is September 1-30, 2021.
  • Please 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.
  • Storefront Improvement Program Guide 
  • Storefront Improvement Application Form

Storefront Refresh Grant - a matching reimbursement grant for small exterior renovations, up to a maximum of $1000 per building. 

Interior Building Improvement Grant - a matching reimbursement grant for interior renovations, up to 50% of project costs to a maximum of $20,000. 

Development Incentive Program - support of up to a maximum of $100,000 for constructing new commercial buildings, and support of up to a maximum of $200,000 for constructing new mixed-use developments.

  • The next application period for the Development Incentive Program will be October 1 - 31, 2020.
  • Please 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.
  • Development Incentive Program Guide
  • Development Incentive Program Application