Note: The BIG Grant Program is temporarily not accepting applications.
The Business Improvement & Growth (BIG) Grant provides technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants seeking to renovate or restore facades, signage, lighting and life-safety systems for commercial buildings through a 50% matching grant of up to $20,000. An additional 50% matching grant up to $5,000 is available for removal and replacement of non-conforming signage.
Also, if you are planning on doing construction in a Historic District, by City code, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission prior to exterior alterations (including signs) in the designated Historic Districts. View more information on the Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF).