Storefront Improvement Program

Storefronts are important to New York City neighborhoods. They house local businesses, are a visible part of the street, and define the character and feel of a community. Well-designed storefronts enhance and give identity to local businesses and encourage potential customers to walk in the door.

The Jamaica Center BID is helping the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to notify property and business owners that storefront improvement funding is available in FY2020 in Jamaica.

Administered by SBS, the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Program provides funding to local property owners and businesses to complete exterior building renovation projects. The program reimburses up to 75% of the cost of eligible improvements with a maximum grant of $20,000 per property. Read the program guidelines for more information on eligible improvements and how to participate.

To apply, submit a completed application form to SBS directly at by July 11, 2019.

Curious about storefront improvements in general, or how simple interventions can change the exterior of a building or business? SBS’s Storefront Improvement Guide offers an overview on basic design principals for commercial facades.