City Re-Opens Façade Improvement Program

Courtesy photo    Tap Out Fitness, formerly Citibank, on Webster Street took advantage of the city’s Façade Grant Program to refurbish their building.

Business property owners can receive financial help

Local business and property owners can take advantage of a City of Alameda economic development program to spruce up their storefronts and improve the appearance of the city’s retail districts. 

Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for 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. 

This year’s program includes a new special promotion. For the 2018-19 program only, awnings will be reimbursed at a higher level. This year the city will pay up to 80 percent of the cost for awnings, up to $5,000. This includes the cost for new awnings, re-covering existing awnings, awning signs and all associated permits. 

The Façade Grant program has four Thursday application deadlines for the 2018-19 fiscal year:
• Sept. 20, 2018
• Nov. 29, 2018
• Feb. 28, 2019
• May 9, 2019

To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in one of the following areas:  
• Webster Street Business District 
• Downtown Alameda Business District
• Historic Stations (Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High Street, Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North and Stanton)
• Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda

For more information, visit alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at 747-6896.