The Small Business Facade Program (SBFP) is an economic development program designed to provide an interest-free deferred loan for facade improvements to new and existing commercial property and business owners in the City of Orlando. This loan will provide assistance with costs related to physical improvements in commercial corridors, particularly in blighted areas.
The SBFP offers matching loan funds to commercial property owners and new and existing businesses in the City of Orlando to off-set design and facade improvement expenses such as:
- Painting, wall repair or cleaning
- Window repair or replacement
- New or replacement signage
- Door repair or replacement
**An application for assistance must be received prior to the commencement of any facade improvement work to be covered under this program.**
Buildings must be located within the City of Orlando limits. Small Business Facade and Site Improvement Grants shall only be awarded for eligible properties that pay ad valorem taxes.
Applicants must be a commercial property owner or a new, for-profit business (tenant) moving into an existing site or an existing for-profit business (tenant) in the City of Orlando.
Propose a minimum of three distinct improvements.
Only one grant per property owner or tenant per fiscal year, and only one grant per property per five-year program term. When an entity owns multiple properties that are adjacent, the grant funding may be shared between these properties for a unified improvement plan. When an entity owns multiple properties that are not adjacent, only one property may receive grant monies in that particular fiscal year.
If located in Downtown Orlando, all proposed improvements must meet the requirements of the Appearance Review Board (ARB). If located within the Downtown Historic District, all proposed improvements must meet the requirements of the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) or the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), as well as all other City Code requirements. Approvals or Certificates issued by the ARB, HPB or BZA do not guarantee approval of a Small Business Facade Grant.
Applications will be evaluated by the Facade Grant Review Committee.
For more information about the Small Business Facade Program or a program application, please contact:
Kim C. King
Business Development Assistant Manager