RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM

Downtown Brownsville Rent Subsidy Grant Program

From $7,800 to $9,600 in rental reimbursement assistance for up to 12 months to key businesses that choose to locate or expand their gross rentable space to enhance economic growth and to help fill vacancies in in the designated Downtown Brownsville corridor.

BIG RENT SUBSIDY APPLICATION
BIG GRANT PROGRAMS

Exterior Façade Improvement Grant

BCIC can provide financial assistance to property owners or business tenants within the designated BIG Grant corridor, seeking to improve the exterior of the building to make it more visually appealing, bring them back into productive use, and bring back original appearance when possible. Façade is defined as the front exterior of a building and other exteriors sides when they are emphasized. 50/50 match. Maximum grant amount $15,000.

BIG GRANT FACADE APPLICATION
BIG GRANT PROGRAMS

Interior Capital Improvement Grant

BCIC can provide financial assistance to property owners or business tenants within the designated BIG Grant corridor, seeking to bring building or property up to code and/or significant interior capital improvements. 50/50 match. Maximum grant amount $15,000.

BIG GRANT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT APPLICATION
BIG GRANT PROGRAMS

Sign Improvement Grant Program

BCIC can provide financial assistance to property owners or business tenants within the designated BIG Grant corridor, seeking removal or replacement of signs the comply to City’s ordinance, will be integrated into the architecture of the building, and additional signage on canopies, awnings, front entrances and windows. 50/50 match. Maximum grant amount $2,500.

BIG GRANT SIGN IMPROVEMENT APPLICATION

BIG GRANT MAP BOUNDARIES

See the geographical area of Historic Downtown Brownsville where our BIG Grants Apply

BIG GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Ensure you meet the requirements of our BIG Grant Program before you apply.

BIG GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Restore your existing downtown property to a condition that facilitates economic activity.

BIG GRANT INFORMATIONAL SESSION

Click here to see video of our first informational session on our BIG Grant program.

RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Ensure you meet the requirements of our BIG Grant Program before you apply.

RENT SUBSIDY GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Up to $7,800 in rental reimbursement assistance for up to 12 months to key businesses.

BIG GRANT PROGRAM GOALS

The Downtown Brownsville Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Programs are grants offered by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), in partnership with the City of Brownsville and Main Street Brownsville, to provide financial support to commercial property owners and tenants to make quality exterior and interior improvements to their commercial buildings and property in downtown Brownsville.

Our BIG Grants Program goals include: (1) Encourage property investment that directly relates to improving the aesthetics of building and places in Downtown Brownsville; (2) Expand business and employment opportunities in existing and deteriorated structures; (3) Enhance the visitors experience at our downtown attractions; (4) Help new and existing businesses succeed by enhancing their curb appeal; and Increase commercial property values.

We encourage you to read the guidelines thoroughly and contact Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC) and/or City of Brownsville’s Downtown District Manager to set up an appointment to discuss your project and grant process. Contact information is below.

DEADLINES

Applications are due at 12:00 p.m. on the last Friday of the month to be considered for review at the next scheduled BIG Advisory Committee meeting (second Thursday of each month). BCIC staff will then have two (2) weeks from the meeting date to notify applicant if there are concerns, questions and/or comments for changes, alternations, or adjustments to proposed project. If the advisory committee makes recommendations to approve application as is, the recommendation will be presented at the next scheduled BCIC board meeting to approve project funding. BCIC staff has two (2) weeks from the BCIC Board meeting date to notify Applicant of funding award. If denied, the applicant has 30 days to appeal the decision to the BCIC Board of Directors.

CONTACT

BIG Grant Programs Contact:
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC)
Cori Peña, Director of Community Engagement
500 East Saint Charles, Brownsville, TX 78520
Main Street District Contact:
Planning and Development Services Department, City of Brownsville
Miriam C. Suarez, Downtown District Manager
1034 E. Levee Street, 2nd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520