City Re-opens Façade Grant Program

Published on August 06, 2018

The City of Alameda has re-opened a popular economic development program to help local business and 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 50/50 matching grants for exterior painting, new awnings and signs, and other façade improvements. Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the type of work proposed. Past grantees include the Star on Park, J Couture, and Lynn’s of Alameda, among others.


This year’s program includes a new special promotion: for the 2018-19 program only, awnings will be reimbursed at an 80/20 level, i.e. the City will pay up to 80% of the cost for new awnings, up to $5,000. This includes the cost for new awnings, re-covering existing awnings, awning signs, and all associated permits.


The Façade Grant program has four application deadlines for the 2018-19 fiscal year:

  • September 20, 2018
  • November 29, 2018
  • February 28, 2019
  • May 9, 2019

To be eligible for a façade grant, the commercial property must be located in one of the following areas: 

  • Webster Street Business District
  • Downtown Alameda Business District
  • Historic Stations (Grand, Mastick, Bay, South High St., Chestnut, Morton, Versailles, Willow, Fifth Street, Caroline, High Street North, or Stanton)
  • Retail buildings near gateways into Alameda


For more information visit or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at 510-747-6896.