Business Incentive & Grant Programs in Downtown Clearwater

Planning and development for the revitalization of Downtown Clearwater is in full swing. The City is proud to offer distinct business opportunities in Florida, including business startup grants and small business grants. Explore our business incentive programs and business grant programs below.

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Façade Improvement Program

Type of Program: Grant/Loan

Program Allocation Guidelines: Part 1: Design Services – Up to $4,000 per address. Part 2: Façade Improvement – fast track grant of $25,000 grant, 50/50 match. Additional funds are available as a percentage according to meeting a set of criteria. 

Program Overview and General Eligibility Criteria: Funds are for design assistance and façade renovations. Facade Improvement Grant property must be in the CRA. Tenant or property owners are eligible. Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License) must be current. Application must be approved prior to work being started.

Program Approval: Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)



Sidewalk Café Furniture

Type of Program: Grant

Program Allocation Guidelines: Up to 75% of total cost, applicant pays 25%. Up to $2,500 per grant

Program Overview and General Eligibility Criteria: Available to property owners or tenants for outdoor furniture (tables, chairs and umbrellas) specified in an approved site plan from the City’s Planning Department. Pre-application meeting required with Planning Department. Submittal of a completed Sidewalk Cafe Furniture Grant Application. Copy of approved Sidewalk Cafe Permit. Business Tax Receipt must be current. Street furnishings purchased prior to approval are ineligible for reimbursement.

Program Approval: Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)


  • Sidewalk Cafe Furniture Grant Application
  • 2017 Sidewalk Cafe Furniture Grant Program


Downtown/East Gateway Façade and Building Lot Improvement Program

Type of Program: Loan-to-Grant

Program Allocation Guidelines: Up to $35,000 in loan-to-grant funds (property owner that contributes private funds equal to or greater than 20% of the established loan amount).

Program Overview and General Eligibility Criteria: Project funding assistance to eligible property owners to help offset eligible project costs (e.g. site plan, construction plans, permits, building materials and construction services). Program loans are 0% interest, and they transition to a grant over a 5-year period. Properties must be located either on Gulf to Bay Blvd. or Cleveland Street in the Downtown/East Gateway District [between Missouri Avenue (west), Highland Avenue (east), Court Street (south) and Drew Street (north)]. Business Tax Receipt must be current and property cannot have current or outstanding code violations. Application must be approved prior to work being started.

Program Approval: Economic & Housing Department – Downtown/East Gateway