Store Front Grant

Putting Your Best Face Forward

The SAGE Store Front Grant Program is a matching grant program. It provides grants of up to $10,000 for façade improvement (visible from street view) projects at your business. All grant funds must be matched dollar for dollar by the property owner.

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150 commercial businesses to date, have received a SAGE Store Front Grant, with a total investment of over $1.3 million in Eastside business façade improvements.

150 commercial businesses to date, have received a SAGE Store Front Grant, with a total investment of over $1.3 million in Eastside business façade improvements.

Store Front Grants will only be awarded to commercial property owners located within the SAGE service area and/or TIRZ Inner City service area. 

 

Please use the above maps to confirm your commercial property is located within the service areas.

Application Requirements

Required Documents 

  • Applicant must complete the Store Front Grant Application

  • Property must be zoned appropriately for the proposed use

  • Project must be approved and permitted by proper governmental authorities

  • Applicant must provide a project budget and task list

  • Applicant must provide financial statements for the business covering the previous 12 months

  • Applicant must provide a current lease and tenant information IF you do not operate a business on the  property that you own

  • Applicant must provide proof of availability of matching funds

   *If your business was impacted by COVID-19 and/or             have a financial hardship please contact us

  • Project Budget and Task List

  • Copy of current lease agreement if this is an investor owned property

  • Business Balance Sheet and Income Statements (for the last 12 months)

  • Pictures of needed improvements 

  • Proof of Matching Funds

Use of Grant

  • All grant funds must be used for façade improvements. Façade improvements include anything on the exterior of the building. Special consideration will be given to projects that include landscaping or other items that improve the community streetscape.

  • 75% of the grant funds must be spent on projects visible from the street

Upon Submission of Application

Upon completion of this application and submission of all required documentation, this package will be forwarded to the SAGE Grant Review Committee for review and, if recommended by the committee, project will be presented at the next SAGE Board meeting for approval. Before any funds are disbursed, the applicant must sign an agreement verifying that the funds received will be used only as stated in this application.

If your business was impacted by COVID-19 and/or have a financial hardship contact

Lindsey Logan | LLogan@sagesa.org | 210-248-9178 x105