An attractive and clean building exterior is essential for any business to thrive. That's why the Agency offers the Storefront Improvement Project, in which the Agency matches businesses dollar–for–dollar (up to a maximum determined by the Agency) for qualified storefront improvements in redevelopment project areas. Examples of improvements include painting, lighting, windows, signage and awnings. Ineligible uses include roofing, security systems, interior lighting and equipment.
The purpose of the funding is to encourage economic revitalization. The matching funds are distributed as a loan on a cost–reimbursement basis upon approval and completion of the project. The loan will be forgiven after five years from the day the funds are allocated. The loan is due and payable within the 5–year term, unless the property is sold within the five–year period.
Applications must be submitted and approved before work begins. Funds are committed after review of plans, bids and permits. The owner/participant is responsible for all payments to contractors, materials suppliers and vendors.
Applications are prioritized based on the amount of funds available at the time.
If you are a tenant seeking financial assistance through the Storefront Improvement Program, you must provide a notarized authorization letter signed by the property owner grant permission to seek funding under the program and to undertake the improvements. If more than one property owner is involved, a separate letter of authorization must be submitted for each property owner. The letter must include the property address and the Assessor's Parcel Number.
If you have questions about the program, please call David Martin at the Redevelopment Agency at 621-7630. Applications and a form letter of authorization are also available at the Redevelopment Agency, 2344 Tulare St., Suite200, Fresno, CA 93721.