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South St. Pete CRA Commercial Matching Grants

OVERVIEW

The South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) was established to promote reinvestment in housing and neighborhoods, commercial corridors, business development, and education and workforce development within the South St. Petersburg CRA. Learn more at www.stpete.org/cra

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Whether you’re looking to spruce up the exterior or renovate your property as a whole, there are programs to help upgrade your property. 

Applications will be available starting August 2, 2021 and due by September 10, 2021

Commercial Site Improvement Grant provides a reimbursable grant of up to $20,000 to commercial property owners that upgrade their building facades, lighting, loading and service areas and other features of their sites visible from the public right-of-way. To receive the full award from the City, eligible project costs must exceed $40,000. 

NOTE: The application will be ONLINE only. Paper applications will not be accepted. 

Need help with how to complete electronic application?
Watch video walkthrough

Required documents:

  1. Completed online application form, including signed affidavit from property owner (if applicable)
  2. Detailed cost estimates of work by input (labor, materials, etc) and project component (signage, landscaping, painting, carpentry, etc)
  3. Summary budget of cost estimates tied to each project component described above
  4. Copy of current business tax certificate
  5. Confirmation that mortgage, property insurance and property tax payments are current and in good standing
  6. Documentation of property ownership or written consent from property owner giving permission to conduct the identified improvements.
  7. Legal description and survey of project site
  8. Digital photographs of existing conditions of the project site
  9. Use must be consistent with the City’s land development regulations
  10. Written description of project improvements
  11. Sketches or conceptual drawings of improvements that will be funded by the Grant.

*Grants are awarded through a competitive application process that is scored based on criteria approved by City Council (View the Criteria Scoring System)

Sample Application

Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant provides a reimbursable grant of up to $20,000 for interior upgrades to commercial properties with a focus on projects that remedy degraded building systems and extend the economic viability of the building. To receive the full award from the City, eligible project costs must exceed $40,000. 

NOTE: The application will be ONLINE only. Paper applications will not be accepted. 

Need help with submitting electronic application?
Watch video walkthrough 

Required Documents:

  1. Completed application form, including signed affidavit from property owner (if applicable)
  2. Detailed cost estimates of work by input (labor, materials, etc) and project component (signage, landscaping, painting, carpentry, etc.)
  3. Summary budget of cost estimates tied to each project component described above
  4. Copy of current business tax certificate
  5. Confirmation that mortgage, property insurance and property tax payments are current and in good standing
  6. Documentation of property ownership or written consent from property owner giving permission to conduct the identified improvements.
  7. Legal description and survey of project site
  8. Digital photographs of existing conditions of the project site
  9. Use must be consistent with the City’s land development regulations
  10. Written description of project improvements
  11. Sketches or conceptual drawings of improvements that will be funded by the Grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scoring Criteria

*Grants are awarded through a competitive application process that is scored based on criteria approved by City Council (View the Criteria Scoring System)

Sample Application

Open office hours

Starting July 15, online office hours will be available by appointment for questions or application assistance. Available office hours will be Thursdays between 1-5 p.m. Contact Anthony Chan, Economic Development Specialist at tony.chan@stpete.org or (727) 551-3279.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Attend CRA Grant Webinar (required pre-requisite to apply)
Note: Full webinar must be attended and the follow-up survey must be submitted to receive credit

Live virtual webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

Attending a virtual workshop live is recommended, given the opportunity to ask questions during the session, however, a recorded webinar is available to watch at your convenience. Watch recorded webinar

Step 2: Fill out online application that will be available on this page starting August 2, 2021  

Step 3: Submit a completed online application with all required attachments by 5 p.m. on September 10th, 2021

Step 4:  Pay $35 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order, (Make payable to: “City of St. Petersburg”) and send to:

City of St Petersburg
Attn: Economic & Workforce Development
1 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

For more information: South St. Pete CRA Commercial Grants