Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program



A new program offers business owners up to $12,000 to help improve their buildings; applications will be accepted Oct. 1–15, 2020

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has established the Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program, a grant initiative administered by Planning & Development Services that provides funding to small business and commercial property owners to improve the front exterior of their buildings. For permanent upgrades such as painting, landscaping, lighting and the addition of outdoor dining or workspace, qualifying applicants can be awarded up to $8,000, while registered historic properties are eligible for a grant of up to $12,000. Grant funds will be provided as a reimbursement.

The goal of the grant program is to add value to the local economy and enhance the community experience by creating a positive visual impact and increasing customer traffic to community-based businesses in the unincorporated County. Additionally, these funds are intended to assist businesses recover from impacts to their operations incurred from COVID-19 by helping them comply with current health orders. 

Submitted applications will be reviewed based on the date and time they are received; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A detailed explanation regarding eligibility, qualifying expenses, and general grant compliance information can be found in the guidelines provided on this page.

Any applications submitted prior to the acceptance period will not be reviewed and will have to be resubmitted between Oct. 1–15, 2020.

How do I know if I am eligible for a grant?

Eligible Participants

o   Business or property owner

o   Properties with no outstanding taxes or liens

o   Legally operating business in compliance with all required County permits and land use regulations

o   A company with 25 employees or less

o   Properties located in the unincorporated area

Eligible Improvements

o   Awnings and canopies

o   Exterior lighting

o   Door and window improvements

o   Exterior painting

o   Tile, trim, fascia, metalwork, and other decorative items

o   Exterior signage

o   Plants and minor landscaping associated with the plan

o   Demolition of obsolete structures

o   Addition of patio or sidewalk eating/workspace (front or side improvements)

o   Repairs to the parking lot (must be in conjunction with a patio or outdoor space improvements)

o   Barriers and planters 

How do I apply?

The application acceptance period for this grant program is October 1–15, 2020.

Applications will be accepted by email and by hard copy. If submitted by email, please send applications to All email applications must be received by midnight on October 15. Hard-copy applications must be submitted by hand to Planning & Development Services zoning counter, located on the first floor at 5510 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. Counter hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; hard-copy applications must be received by 5 pm on October 15.


Application Forms and Guidelines:

Grant Application

Grant Guidelines


For all inquiries regarding the Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program, please contact:

Michael De La Rosa

Group Program Manager

Planning & Development Services Dept.

County of San Diego

(858) 495-5308