City Revives Façade Grant Program

The city of Alameda is bringing back a popular economic development program to help local business or property owners 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 from $5,000 to $12,500 for exterior painting, new awnings and signs and refurbishing architectural features.  

To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in:  
• The Webster Street Business District 
• The Downtown Alameda Business District
• One of Alameda’s Historic Stations (former train stations: Grand, Mastick, Bay, High Street, Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North or Stanton)
• Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda.

An orientation meeting explaining the application process and program requirements will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 8 a.m. at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. in the City Council Chambers. 

Many local businesses took advantage of the grant program in years prior to its discontinuation in 2012 including the Pacific Pinball Museum, Park Street Plaza and the Encinal Shopping Center.

First round applications are due by June 15, at 5 p.m. Any applications received after that time will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, if funding is still available. For more information visit http://alamedaca.gov/business/facade-grant-program.

For additional information about the Façade Grant Program, contact Lois Butler, economic development manager, at 747-6890.