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Grants to Portland Region, Oregon Businesses
and Individuals to Upgrade Commercial Facades

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Portland Region, Oregon businesses and property owners to defray the cost of improving storefronts in eligible districts. All types of storefront renovations that directly improve the façades of buildings facing streets, sidewalks, and public areas are eligible.

Eligible projects include windows, entryways, signage and lighting, awnings and canopies, cornices, gutters and downspouts, as well as painting, finishing and detailing façade surfaces. Design costs, permits and fees associated with the implementation of these improvements are also eligible project expenses.

Structural upgrades, accessibility improvements and upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning may be eligible expenses if storefront improvements necessitate modifications to existing conditions. Limited permanent interior improvements such as floorings, ceilings, interior lighting and accessibility may also be eligible, if part of a larger project involving significant exterior upgrades.

A key component of the Enterprising Places program is to provide professional design expertise. Enlisting experienced professionals enables business and property owners to invest wisely and maximize the effectiveness of building improvements.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162101

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months of date of grant award, or according to the performance timeline stipulated in the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fourteen commercial districts in the region are eligible for Enterprising Places storefront improvement grants. Business owners and property owners whose property falls within designated area boundaries may apply.

Eligible districts include Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Gresham (downtown), Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Brooklyn (Portland), Glisan (Portland), Montavilla (Portland), Roseway (Portland), Woodstock (Portland), and Tigard.

More information regarding eligible districts may be found here:

Government offices, public agencies, and franchises headquartered outside the region are not eligible. Some locally-owned franchises may be granted special permission to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The property or business owner may obtain other grant funding, but must contribute at least 25% of their own funds for any project. Metro understands that building renovations can require significant investments, and owners may or may not have the matching funds in hand. Enterprising Places staff and consultants will work with property or business owners to help them explore options for financing their project.

Electronic submission of the pre-application form is preferred. Email completed pre-application form in PDF format to:

To submit in paper form, mail to:

Enterprising Places
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

If you are awarded a grant, Metro staff will help you select a team from a preapproved group of firms to assist with all aspects of the design process. Metro staff and your design team will work with you to determine the best approach that fits your project budget while also meeting the program goal of demonstrating best practices for storefront design.

Please note that to qualify for a grant, owners must contract with firms on Metro’s pre-approved list. Projects that have already been designed prior to submittal of the grant application are not eligible for grant funding.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Lisa Miles

Grant Coverage Areas:

Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gladstone, Gresham (downtown), Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Brooklyn (Portland), Glis

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