Storefront & Tenant Improvement Programs

Grant funding to support building renovations by property owners and business owners

The Storefront and Tenant Improvement Programs offer in-kind architectural design services and cash matching grants to help improve business street frontages and/or restaurant interiors. Grants are made available to properties located in program areas throughout Downtown Beaverton and Allen Boulevard. Additional information is offered below.

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Design Grants

With these grants, the City of Beaverton will pay for 100% of architect fees. A city-contracted architect will create a new design for you and obtain cost estimates for implementing that design. Types of Design Grants include:

  • Storefront Improvement – Design Grant: A building exterior redesign. Most businesses or commercial buildings located in the Old Town Beaverton or Allen Boulevard Program Areas may apply for this grant. (View Program Area Map)
  • Tenant Improvement – Design Grant: A redesign of interior spaces. Only food and/or beverage-based businesses located in the Tenant Improvement Program Area may apply for this grant. (View Program Area Map)

Improvement Grants

Improvement grants are recommended for new or existing businesses that plan to renovate a building. Through an improvement grant, the City of Beaverton will pay for up to $50,000 of construction costs associated with your building renovation. Types of Improvement Grants include:

  • Storefront Improvement – Improvement Grant: A grant to support the costs associated with exterior building renovations. Most businesses or commercial buildings located in the Old Town Beaverton or Allen Boulevard Program Areas may apply for this grant. (View Program Area Map)
  • Tenant Improvement – Improvement Grant: A grant to support the costs associated with interior renovations for a new or existing food and/or beverage-based business. Only food and/or beverage-based businesses located in the Tenant Improvement Program Area may apply for this grant. (View Program Area Map)

Improvement grants are awarded at two funding levels:

  • Level 1 Grant = 50% city match up to $50,000
    Minor improvements like new paint colors or signage are typically considered for a Level 1 grant
  • Level 2 Grant = 70% city match up to $50,000
    Major projects with multiple elements like cladding replacement, storefront door and window replacement, awnings, or lighting are typically considered for a Level 2 grant

Applications are currently open to new restaurants only

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The Grant Process 

Design Grant

  • Step 1: Before applying, participate in Virtual Office Hours during the available times listed on this page or contact the Program Manager to confirm your project is eligible.
  • Step 2: If the applicant is not the property owner, complete an Owner Authorization Form and have it ready to submit along with your application. We also recommend gathering any supporting materials you would like to include with your application, such as inspiration images.
  • Step 3: Complete the online application form.
  • Step 4: City staff will contact you to notify you of an award decision in mid-October.
  • Step 5: Your Grant Manager will provide you with a Grant Agreement, which must be signed for grant funds to be issued. You will have a meeting with your Grant Manager to review the agreement and discuss the grant process to help your project be a success!
  • Step 6: After signing your Grant Agreement, your Grant Manager will introduce you to your city-contracted architect. From here there will be a series of meetings over a 4-month period to complete your design project. Meetings include:
    1. A kickoff meeting with you, the architect, and city staff
    2. Initial Review: The architect will provide 2-3 designs for your feedback
    3. Final Design Review: The architect will provide one design for your final feedback. The resulting design will be sent to contractors for bids
    4. A final meeting will occur to review all rough-order-magnitude bids, once received
  • Step 7: If you are ready to move forward with construction following completion of your Design Grant, your Grant Manager will help you prepare to apply for an Improvement grant with the next cycle.

Improvement Grant

  • Step 1: Consider what type of improvements you would like to make to your building. Contact a qualified contractor and obtain at least one cost estimate to complete your project
    (NOTE: Only one bid is required to apply for a grant, but you must provide city staff with a total of 3 bids and staff must approve your selected contractor before funding will be committed. You can complete Steps 2-3 below while in the process of Step 1.)
  • Step 2: Before applying, participate in Virtual Office Hours during the available times listed on this page or contact the Program Manager to confirm your project is eligible.
  • Step 3: Prepare attachments to include with your application. This will include your contractor's estimate(s), an Owner Authorization Form if the applicant is not the property owner, and optional design drawings or inspiration images.
  • Step 4: Complete the online application form.
  • Step 5: City staff will contact you to notify you of an award decision in mid-October.
  • Step 6: Your Grant Manager will provide you with a Grant Agreement, which must be signed for grant funds to be issued. You will have a meeting with your Grant Manager to review the agreement and discuss the grant process to help your project be a success!
  • Step 7: After signing your Grant Agreement, your Grant Manager will help you navigate the permitting process in order to obtain necessary approvals for your project. Note that projects can begin applying for permits at any time, regardless of grant status. You can begin this process while completing Steps 3-5 above, if you prefer.
  • Step 8: A city-contracted photographer will visit your building to take before photos
  • Step 9: Once all necessary permits have been issued, construction may begin. Funds can be distributed in up to 3 reimbursements during the construction process.