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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.