The Facade Program assists businesses and owners improve the appearance of their buildings.
What is the Facade Program?
The Facade and District Improvement programs offers grants for small businesses and commercial districts located in eligible City neighborhoods. Eligible applicants may request forgivable loans up to $20,000 for facade work, depending on the project's scope, private investment and commercial area eligibility. Secured forgivable loans of greater amounts are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Improve, stabilize and revitalize predominantly residential, low and moderate income communities by:
- Supporting the local businesses that create jobs and provide vital goods and services that strengthen the surrounding community.
- Enhancing the appearance and historical character of individual buildings in commercial districts.
Funds may be applied to individual buildings and businesses, or to commercial district improvements such as trash cans, signage, monuments, and other enhancements.
- Existing, commercially zoned located in the City of St. Louis' predominantly residential and low to moderate income neighborhoods.
- Project site must pass a preliminary environmental review.
- Existing business or non-profit corporation OR if a business is planned for the site, a term lease must be provided.
- Current on all applicable City licenses, fees and taxes.
All proposed improvements must be clearly visible from a street elevation of the property (exemptions for parking lot improvements and ADA enhancements) and follow Façade Committee historic design guidelines.
- Building Improvements may include, but are not limited to: awnings, entrance doors, windows, window treatments, painting, signage, exterior lighting, storefront renovations, building cleaning to enhance the historic nature of the building, tuckpointing / masonry work undertaken in conjunction with a scope of work resulting in the substantial visible improvement and/or renovation of the building façade, fencing, patio dining enhancements and parking lot improvements.
- District Improvements may include, but are not limited to: trash cans, signage, monuments, landscaping, bike racks, public art, streetscape furniture and other enhancements.