commercial façade grant

  Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant


The San Benito Economic Development Corporation (San Benito EDC) Downtown  Commercial Façade Grant Program is an opportunity for the San Benito EDC to assist  businesses in making storefront improvements, promote downtown revitalization,  support local businesses, and encourage new business startup. 


These guidelines are  provided to assist applicants in understanding the types of improvements that the San  Benito EDC desires to support. Priority will be given to projects that address the  following goals:


• Improve the condition and appearance of the building’s façade (storefront) and other  site elements visible from the public right-of-way (roadway).


• Promote collaboration between businesses to attract additional tenants and investment  in downtown.


• Rehabilitate commercial buildings to be attractive and compatible with their  surroundings.


• Create functional and safe buildings, while improving customer access.

• Eliminate building elements that convey a sense of neglect, disrepair, or abandonment.


• Restoration of storefronts to their original historic status/design.


FUNDING & ELIGIBILITY


The San Benito EDC offers a fifty percent (50%) reimbursement grant for eligible businesses that are located within the designated/eligible corridor and to be used to improve the appearance of their building and business site. 


Grant amounts are as follows:


Façade grants (front / entrance area of building) are available up to $10,000 ($20,000+ total project).

Sign only grants are available up to 50% of cost for up to $1,500 $1,000 ($1,000+ total project). 

Paint only grants are available up to $5,000 ($10,000+ total project).

Properties may receive multiple awards, however, regardless of applicant (tenant or property owner), single-tenant buildings are limited to $10,000 per property over five years while multi-tenant properties are limited to $20,000 per year, up to $100,000 per property over five years. 


Applicants must be current on personal and business property taxes and sales tax payments. When the applicant is not the property owner, the property owner must be current on personal and business property tax payments.


Buildings must have commercial use as their primary purpose (such as, but not limited to: retail, services, restaurant, cultural venue, professional offices, and manufacturing). Mix-use buildings are eligible as long as the ground floor is over fifty percent (50%) commercial use. 


For more information, application package, or to schedule an appointment contact:


Victoria Padron, Economic Development Specialist

701 N. Bowie Street, San Benito, TX 78586

Phone: (956) 626-1350 | Email: vpadron@sanbenitoedc.us 

Website: http://www.sanbenitoedc.us


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