Commercial Facade Improvement Program

The purpose of the Commercial Façade Improvement Program (Program) is to provide financial assistance in the form of a matching grant to commercial property and/or business owners to make façade/exterior improvements to commercial buildings located in South Gate.

Funding assistance is available to eligible commercial property and/or business owners who meet all the requirements listed on the Program Guidelines. The maximum matching grant amount that will be awarded per applicant is $40,000. The applicant will be required to contribute $6,000 of personal funds towards the approved improvements of the building. 

Grant funds may be used to pay for improvements, building plan check and permit fees associated with the rehabilitation work proposed under the Program. Interior improvements are not eligible.

Eligible Businesses 

In order for a business to be eligible to participate, they must meet the following requirements: 
  • Commercial building must be dilapidated or blighted 
  • Business must be located within a CDBG eligible census tract (link to map)
  • Storefront must be visible from the street 
The applicant(s) must be either the current property owner(s) or the current business owner(s) (tenant). The property owner must give the tenant written consent to complete the proposed rehabilitation project. 

Eligible Exterior Improvements

  • Awnings 
  • Decorative improvements 
  • Doors 
  • Fencing 
  • Signage 
  • Lighting 
  • Landscaping 
  • Paint 
  • Windows 

Improvements Not Eligible

  • All interior improvements
  • Improvements previously completed
  • Maintenance Improvements such as electrical upgrades, plumbing repairs, roof, etc.

Design Restrictions 

The City will recommend specific improvements based on site analysis and architectural design recommendations. Improvements are not eligible if they are simply maintenance of the current façade. Additionally, all signage on the property to be rehabilitated must be brought up to conformance and maintained in conformance with the City’s Sign Ordinance. 

Sample Assistance Scenario

In order to attain the maximum grant funding of $40,000, the applicant must provide his/her own personal funds to the project in the amount of $6,000. Both the grant funds and the applicant’s personal funds would be used to do improvements on the commercial façade for a total of $46,000.

Application Intake

Program applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The City will maintain a waiting list for all prospective applicants. Program funds are limited.


Contact Dianne Guevara, Management Analyst at 563-9535.