Facade Grant Program


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. 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.   

 Program Information

The Façade Grant Program is currently accepting applications. To learn more about the program, including grant amounts, eligibility, and evaluation criteria, please download the program guidelines below.

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Application Deadlines

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Thursday, November 22, 2019
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 Deadline Extended New Deadline: May 15, 2020
  • ***For the May 15th deadline, the Facade Grant Program is only accepting applications from businesses located at Alameda Point.  All funding for businesses located outside of Alameda Point has been awarded.  Please email agehrke@alamedaca.gov if you have questions about your eligibility***

How to Apply

To submit an application, please download and submit the materials below.

Prior to formally submitting an application, an applicant should meet with a member of the Economic Development Division staff to discuss their project. Please contact Amanda Gehrke at 510-747-6896 or agehrke@alamedaca.gov to schedule a meeting, or with any other questions about the program.

Special Promotions

Exterior Paint

For the remainder of the 2019-20 program only, exterior painting will be reimbursed at the 80/20 level (i.e. the City will grant up to 80% of the cost of the work, up to the maximum grant amount). 

Restoration of Historic Facades

For the 2019-20 program only, restoration of historic facades will be reimbursed at the 80/20 level (i.e. the City will grant up to 80% of the cost of the work, up to the maximum grant amount). 

Features of historic facades can include signs, doors, windows, and/or other architectural elements (transom windows, cornices, trim etc), as well as other features that contribute to the historic character of the building. The final determination of what qualifies as restoration of an historic feature will be determined on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the City of Alameda Planning Department.  Please contact Amanda Gehrke at 510-747-6896 or agehrke@alamedaca.gov to determine if your project qualifies for this promotion. 

Note: the building must be on the City’s Historic Study List, and/or built before 1942 to qualify for this program.


Additional Information