City-Sponsored Grants Create Opportunities for Local Small Businesses

Published on June 27, 2023

Economic Development

Two new programs open on July 10

SAN ANTONIO (June 27, 2023) – Today, the City of San Antonio announced two new grant programs designed to support the local small business community. Through the Façade Improvement Grant Program and Outdoor Spaces Grant Program, the City will invest in creating engaging and resilient spaces for residents to experience the unique business ecosystem of San Antonio.

Both programs are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and are part of the City’s Small Business Implementation Plan.

“The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted longstanding challenges in our business community. Through these ARPA-funded grants, we’re helping San Antonio businesses develop or expand new ways to serve their customers,” said City Manager Erik Walsh.

Applications for both programs open on July 10, 2023. Public information sessions are scheduled to begin on July 5 and continue over the coming weeks. For dates and to register, please visit the program websites. 

The Façade Improvement Grant Program offers qualifying business owners in eligible locations up to $50,000 to make façade, landscaping and signage improvements that are visible from the public right-of-way. Eligibility for this program is limited to businesses located within or nearby specific project areas including:

  • World Heritage Buffer Zone (some exclusions apply)
  • Priority corridors identified in the SA Tomorrow Sub-Area Plan or Regional Center Plan
  • The Northeast Corridor Revitalization Program Area
  • City-initiated construction project zones with a scheduled project duration of 12 months or longer

A full list of eligible locations and an interactive address-search eligibility map are available on the program website.

Through the Outdoor Spaces Grant Program, locally owned and independently operated food and drinking establishments may receive between $2,000 and $10,000 in matching funds to support upgrades to outdoor amenities. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, patios, cooling systems, furniture, heaters, lighting, and technology such as contactless Point-of-Sales systems. 

The City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department offers many resources and programs for small businesses. For further assistance, contact the Business Outreach Team at or 210-207-3922.