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The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation, in partnership with the City of Fresno is providing a total of $1,500,000 for façade improvements under the ARPA Façade Grant Program. Eligible commercial businesses in the City of Fresno that the COVID-19 Pandemic has disproportionately impacted are encouraged to apply!

Map of disproportionately impacted areas

The Program is designed to fund commercial façade improvements visible from public right-of-way.

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Apply for the Façade Improvement Program Grant

The program provides funding for façade improvement projects to approved applicants interested in enhancing existing business space exterior. Grant proceeds will be used for labor and materials directly related to the façade project. Upon approval, the grants will reimburse up to $25,000 for single storefront properties, and $50,000 for multiple storefronts properties after FAHF & CITY deems the project complete and upon submitting invoice and proof of payment.

Once approved, advancement of the grant amount (up to $12,500) will be provided to qualified businesses.

Applications shall be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Maximum Reimbursement

Existing Properties  with Single Storefront

Maximum Reimbursement

Existing Properties  with Multiple Storefronts

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Eligibility Requirements
& Guidelines

  1. MUST be within the City of Fresno “COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacted Area.” (See MAP attached.)

  2. MUST be an independently owned business and in operation.

  3. MUST have 25 or fewer employees.

  4. MUST submit licensed contractor information for verification to FAHF before project start date.

  5. MUST submit proof of insurance for licensed contractor.

  6. MUST submit signed letter of approval from building owner approving façade project for those tenants with long-term leases.

  7. MUST commence façade project after grant award confirmation is received.

  8. MUST submit before and after pictures.

  9. Only EXTERIOR façade renovations of EXISTING businesses are eligible.

  10. Historic properties must comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures and receive approval from the City of Fresno Historic Preservation Commission prior to funding.

  11. All work must be performed by a verified licensed contractor with a valid City of Fresno Business Tax Certificate.

  12. Businesses receiving façade grant improvements must meet Small Business Criteria as defined in 15 U.S.C. 632 - meaning a business is independently owned and operated and is not dominate in its field of operation.

  13. Priority may be given to businesses operating in Chinatown, Downtown, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Transit Oriented Development (TOD) corridor areas along Blackstone and Kings Canyon, Tower District, and the FYI Airport Area.


  15. Business that are owned (in whole or part) by City of Fresno Staff, Council members, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation Staff or their spouses or domestic partners are NOT eligible.


Have Questions?

Get further assistance on your grant application process by contacting us.

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