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2021 Storefront Matching Mini Grant

Grants to Oregon Business Owners to Enhance
Commercial Properties in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO)

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Orgeron commercial property and business owners for building improvement projects in eligible areas. Funding is intended to help strengthen buildings and businesses with projects that enhance the exterior or interior of buildings. Projects should promote a unique and attractive image of the area and reflect the creativity of the St. Johns business district. SJCO serves the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods.

Examples of possible projects include but are not limited to:
  • Exterior and interior lighting
  • Street tree
  • Stationary garbage receptacles
  • Bike racks
  • Benches
  • Awning removal or improvement
  • Landscaping, including planters, storm water gardens, and pavement removal
  • Exterior or interior Paint
  • Flooring
  • Façade improvements
  • Door/window replacement and weatherization
  • Permanent signage (A-boards are not eligible)

Priority projects:

  • Support people of color, immigrants, women, or low-income individuals
  • Reflect the creativity of the business district
  • Improve the overall look and feel of the business district
  • Include a plan for ongoing maintenance
  • Promote sustainability (economic, environmental & social), i.e. energy efficient lighting
  • Utilize local vendors

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167371

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Each applicant will be eligible for $250-$5,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

If your application is approved, work must be completed by June 30, 2021. If projects are not on track to be completed by June 30, 2021 the business or property owner must receive written consent from our Executive Director to extend their deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Building owners and/or tenant with lease authority and authorization from the property owner may apply. Tenants must have a minimum of two years remaining on their lease or an option to renew.

While this grant is called the “storefront” improvement grant, the business does not need to be located on the ground level in a traditional storefront space to be eligible.

The Matching Grant program is not intended to cover the costs of extensive deferred maintenance, such as power washing, or major redesign, or structural work. For example, while a small grant may cover the cost of new light fixtures and installation, it is not appropriate for major redesign and structural work necessary to hang the fixture. The grant is not intended to cover the cost of installing or replacing objects that will not stay with the building, such as moveable landscaping pots, interior seating or display cases. DIY projects are also not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application is open now; applications are reviewed on a monthly basis
- Application closes April 30, 2021 at 5:00pm
- Applications reviewed every first Monday of the month: December 7, 2020 through May 3, 2021
- Applicants notified every First Tuesday of the month: December 8, 2020 through May 4, 2021
- Project completion deadline: June 30, 2021

Applications are reviewed monthly. Applicants of approved projects are notified on the first Tuesday of the month following receipt of application. Work may begin immediately.

This is a matching grant program, which means the applicant pays a portion of the improvement and SJCO pays a portion. Typically, the amount of the match is at least 1:1 — for every $2 of project cost, the applicant pays $1 and SJCO pays $1. Applications for projects showing a match of at least 25% will be considered.

Grant funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis and are issued after the project has been completed.

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed application by mail or dropped in mail slot at:
St. Johns Center for Opportunity
8160 N Jersey St.
Portland, OR 97203

Or by email to

For questions, contact the email address above. You may also call (503) 841-5522 (please leave a voicemail).

Grant Coverage Areas:

To determine whether your business or property is eligible, type the address into Click the button that says “Zoning & Districts.” On the resulting page, scroll down to the “Urban Renewal Area” section. If the property is located within the eligible area, it will say “Property Eligible: Yes” in this section.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Urban Renewal Area - St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods

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