INTERIOR IMPROVEMENT GRANT

DTSB will be concentrating grant funds on the Exterior Enhancement Grant for 2021 and will not be accepting applications for the Interior Improvement Grant nor the Retail Assistance Mini Grant this year. Check back in 2022!

2020 Interior Improvement Grant Info Appears Below

 

DTSB has established an Interior Improvement Grant encouraging the growth of a vibrant and thriving atmosphere in downtown South Bend by supporting new or relocating retail, entertainment, food and beverage based businesses who chose to occupy ground-floor commercial locations within the target area.

The Interior Improvement Grant is designed to enable new businesses to locate in the target area by helping bridge the financial gap between property owner and tenant by providing financial assistance (up to $5,000) on qualified improvements to the interior of a tenant’s space.

 

Existing businesses with a current location outside the target area who wish to move or open an additional location within the target area are also eligible.

 

Property owners opening a new business may also apply.

ELIGIBILITY

THE GRANT IS INTENDED TO ASSIST:

A new business located within the target area 

An existing business relocating to the target area from outside the target area

An existing business opening an additional location within the target area

THE GRANT IS NOT INTENDED TO ASSIST

New construction

Existing businesses within the target area and who wish to change locations

WHO MAY APPLY

Program applicants can be property owners or tenants of commercial buildings. However, property owners and affected tenants must both sign the Grant Application in order to participate in the program.

ELIGIBLE BUSINESS TYPES

To support a compelling mix of retail, restaurant, and cultural tenants for the Central Business District, certain business and tenant types will be given priority.

Retail, Restaurant & Cultural Establishments

Arts Related Businesses

Bookstores, Music Stores

Quality Apparel, Shoes, Accessories

Sporting Goods, Active Lifestyle

Drugstores, Pharmacies

Convenience Markets

Home Goods, Accessories, Furniture

General Merchandise Stores

Variety & Specialty Stores

Pet Stores

Food Related Ventures

ONCE COMPLETED:

Please email to the Director of Business Engagement at mlee@downtownsouthbend.com or drop the application off at 217 S. Michigan St.