January 18, 2022

New Façade Improvement Grants Available for Small Businesses

​The Virginia Beach Development Authority is taking applications for a small business grant program that offers up to $10,000 in matching funds for impactful exterior improvements.

The Façade Improvement Grants (FIG) program provides support to existing small business owners with less than 50 employees located on any commercially or industrially zoned property.

The grant funds must be used for new projects that make a visible, demonstrable improvement to the exterior of a building or property, such as, façades, fencing, signage or landscape improvements. Get more details on FIG requirements and how to apply.

"This program does more than enhance the attractiveness and marketability of the area, but it can also foster a greater sense of community," said Taylor Adams, Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development. "Investing in the look and feel of the outside of a business can reflect what a consumer can expect to experience in the inside. This program encourages owners to ensure that Virginia Beach businesses continue to be an inviting element of our already welcoming community."

Applicants may request one grant between $1,000 and $10,000 to match their investment of at least the same amount to achieve the proposed improvements. The program has $100,000 available this year and will be awarded to eligible applicants on a competitive first come, first served basis until the funds are depleted. For more information not addressed on the FIG program website contact Emily Archer, Senior Planner/Urban Designer, at earcher@vbgov.com or call 757-385.2912.

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