The City of Sacramento is holding information sessions on the grants available for commercial building and small business owners along the Marysville and Del Paso Boulevard corridor.
Managed by the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and spearheaded by Council District 2 representative Sean Loloee, the grant program provides selected applicants up to $30,000 in matching grant funds for exterior improvements.
“The program was created to help the North Sacramento small-business and real-estate community recover from the negative economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the City’s Development Project Manager Ginger Weagraff.
There will be two information sessions:
- In-person meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. April 19 at the Greater Sacramento Urban League (3725 Marysville Blvd.)
- Virtual option from 5 to 6 p.m. May 3 via zoom.
The sessions will provide an overview of the program guidelines, review how to submit an application and answer questions.
Eligible activities for the grant funds include, but are not limited to:
- Exterior painting
- Installation of new façade elements including signs, awnings, canopies, lighting, windows, entrance doors, stucco, siding, tile, or stone accents
- Construction of new and permanent outdoor dining or gathering spaces
- Restoration of original architectural features
A total of $2 million is available. The funds are part of a $5 million Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) allocation set aside for the “North Sacramento Economic Recovery Plan,” which was approved as part of the City Council’s ARP spending framework.
Grant awards totaling $5,000 or less do not require a match. Any amount more than $5,000 requires a 50% match.
Those interested can find eligibility requirements and apply by visiting the City’s website.
Applications for the first round of funding are due May 31.