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Retail Conversion Grant Program

Program Purpose: To reimburse retail storefront businesses, for converting and upgrading previously non‐retail properties in the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District to encourage additional retail development. Up to 25% of eligible project costs (up to $7500 per business) is available from the City. Additional matching funds may be provided by the DDA (up to a 2 to 1 match for qualified projects, not to exceed $15,000 from the DDA). The total combined grant amount may not exceed 50% of the total project.

General Criteria for Participation:
Application Process:

Program Materials:

  • Select an appropriate location (store front, ground floor, outside entrance accessible to the public, in the DDA District)
  • Convert existing non-retail space (or space that has been vacant for at least 30 days)
  • Generate sales tax
  • Prepare an acceptable business plan
  • Obtain all applicable licenses
  • Be in compliance with all City codes and regulations
  • Be active at time of reimbursement
  • Contact Doug Bene, at 303-651-8304/ or Kimberlee McKee at 303-651-8484/ to discuss the improvements proposed for reimbursement
  • Attend a pre application conference with City and DDA staff
  • Complete the permanent improvements
  • Submit a Retail Conversion Grant application with copies of proof of payment and paid receipts for approved expenses
  • Fulfill all program requirements
  • Print PDF Application - 180KB