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Facade and Tenant Improvement Program


If you are a business owner or a commercial property owner, the Façade and Tenant Improvement Programs can help you enhance the appearance of your commercial building to reduce blight and encourage economic development. Grants are used for approved exterior and interior renovations to commercial and mixed-use properties. See before and after photos from the Facade Improvement Program.

Eligible businesses or properties must be located in one of the following former Redevelopment Areas:

Unfortunately, the City is unable to provide FTIP grants for properties located in the following former Redevelopment Areas:

  • West Oakland

Click here to search if your address is located in an FTIP-eligible area.

Grant funding

  • Facade (exterior improvement) grants: Applicants can be reimbursed for 50% percent for the cost of eligible exterior improvements to building facades, up to a maximum of $30,000.
    Facade grant caps follow a sliding scale, determined by the property's linear length (see FTIP program guidelines link below for more information).

  • Tenant Improvement (interior improvements or TI) grants: Applicants can be reimbursed up to 50% percent for the cost of eligible interior improvements (TIs) in commercial properties/units, up to a maximum of $45,000.

Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis once construction has been completed and the terms stated in the Reimbursement Agreement have been met. All the improvements must be visible from the public right-of-way.

For additional information regarding additional eligibility requirements, examples of eligible project improvements, FITP project timeline, and the grant reimbursement process, please click here to review the FTIP grant program guidelines.

To apply for an FTIP grant, please click here to submit an application.

For additional inquiries, please contact Elliot Grossman at or (510) 238-4973.

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