City Façade Grant Program Re-Opens

Local business owners have a unique opportunity to receive funding from the City of Alameda if they apply now. The city will accept applications for the Facade Grant, a popular economic development program that helps local business and property owners spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of local retail districts. 

Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the type of work proposed. Past grantees include the East End, Bladium and The Hunter, among others.

This year’s program includes a new special promotion: For the 2019-20 program only, the city will reimburse up to 80 percent of the cost of restoration of historical facades up to the maximum grant amount. Features of historical facades can include: signs, doors, windows, other architectural elements like transom windows, cornices and trim as well as other details that contribute to the historic character of the building.

The Façade Grant program has four Thursday application deadlines for the 2019-20 fiscal year:

  • Sept. 26
  • Nov. 21 
  • Feb. 27, 2020
  • April 30, 2020

The Façade Grant Program is open to retail and service businesses located in Alameda, with the exception of those located in shopping centers or business parks. 

For more information visit http://alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program or contact Amanda Gehrke, development manager, at 747-6896.