2023-2024 City of Alameda Façade Grant Program (California)
City of Alameda
October 19, 2023
City or township governments, For-profit organizations other than small businesses
The City of Alameda’s Façade Grant Program provides business and property owners with matching grants to improve their storefronts and enhance the city’s retail districts.
Donor Name: City of Alameda
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $15,000
Under the Façade Grant Program, business and property owners may be eligible for matching grants up to $15,000 for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and refurbishment of architectural features.
Levels of Funding
The Program provides 50/50 matching grants. Three levels of grant funding are available:
Level One: To be used for signage and awnings. The maximum grant amount is 50% of the grantee’s cost up to $5,000.
Level Two: To be used for paint and signage that is historic, large-scale, neon or marquee style. The maximum grant amount is 50% of the grantee’s cost up to $10,000.
Level Three: To be used for all Level One or Two improvements, plus the restoration/refurbishment of architectural elements such as transom windows, cornices, trim and other architectural details. The maximum grant amount is 50% of the grantee’s cost up to $15,000.
Improvements eligible to be made with Program funds must enhance or restore the physical condition or appearance of the building. Types of eligible improvements include, but are not limited to:
New, or refurbishment of existing, awnings;
New signs, and/or replacement, retrofit, or restoration of legacy signs;
Constructed outdoor eating areas;
Window and/or door replacement;
Replacement or refurbishment of non-structural materials/features such as cornice bands, parapets and similar architectural features; and
Rehabilitation of historic features.
Parklets are not eligible at this time.
Location, Business and Property Type: The following business/properties within the City locations described below are eligible to participate in the Program:
Retail, restaurant, theater or service businesses.
Commercial properties that include retail, restaurant, theaters or service businesses.
Other commercial businesses/property types (cultural, office, etc.) are considered on a case-by-case basis, so long as the business or property is located within one of the following City areas:
Webster Street Business District.
Downtown Alameda Business District.
An Historic Station area, including: Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High St., Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North and Stanton.
A Gateway into the City, including: Webster Tube, Park Street Bridge, Fruitvale Bridge, High Street Bridge and the Doolittle Drive entrance area.
The business property must have a front or side façade that is visible from one of the above gateways.
Naval Air Station Historic District.
For more information, visit City of Alameda.