Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)

Updated June 30, 2020

The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) program uses Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants.

Program participants can receive grants to cover between 25 percent and 75 percent of the cost of remodeling work, with a maximum grant of $100,000 for commercial properties and $150,000 for industrial properties. The grant, which is administered by SomerCor on the City's behalf, does not have to be repaid.

 

SBIF Information and Application  

 

SBIF Grants/Completed Projects Database

Qualifications and Restrictions

Expenses eligible for a SBIF grant include:

  • Facade repair and replacement
  • Permanent interior renovations and build out
  • New windows, floors or roof
  • New heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Improvements to accommodate disabled patrons or workers
  • Purchase of adjacent property for building expansion or parking
  • Project-related design and construction fees

SBIF grants are provided to property owners after remodeling work is completed and all expenses are paid. Residential property, residential components of mixed-use buildings, and property leased to fast-food chains and certain other businesses are not eligible for the program. Vacant business property is eligible, but grants are not paid until the space is occupied by a business tenant.

Current Application Rounds

DPD will open SBIF in the summer of 2020 for applications in 17 TIF districts.

Applications will be accepted for businesses located within the boundaries of the following TIF districts from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14:

Applications will be accepted in the following TIF districts from 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4:

Click the above links to view the boundaries of each TIF district.

DPD and SomerCor will also host two webinars this summer to review program requirements and the application process:

  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15 | Register
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 | Register

Advance registration is recommended, however, the meetings can also be live streamed the day of the meeting on DPD's YouTube page.

For additional information, including program rules and the application, visit www.somercor.com/sbif.

 Additional Information

Informational Webinars

  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Register
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 | Register

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