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CRA Place-Based Opportunities Grant

Grants to Florida Businesses and Property Owners
in Eligible Areas to Support Capital Improvements

Agency Type:

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City of St. Petersburg - South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Place-Based Opportunities

Conf. Date:

04/08/21

Deadline Date:

04/09/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Florida businesses and property owners in eligible areas for capital improvements that enhance the local community. Applicants must attend an information workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to support exterior and interior renovations, and upgrades for commercial buildings. Eligible projects and activities benefit the South St. Petersburg area.

Grant categories:

  • Commercial Site Improvement Grant: For commercial property owners who upgrade their building facades, lighting, loading and service areas, and other features of their sites visible from the public right-of-way.
  • Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant: For interior upgrades to commercial properties with a focus on projects that remedy degraded building systems and extend the economic viability of the building.

An applicant may also be awarded additional funding for projects that utilize SBE contractors or allow occupancy of a building by a targeted industry user identified in the Grow Smarter Strategy. These industries are Financial Services, Specialized Manufacturing, Marine and Life Sciences, Data Analytics, and Creative Arts and Design. There are two bonuses available for applicants – the Grow Smarter bonus and SBE Contractor Bonus.

For additional information about these bonuses: https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018-%20Comm%20Site%20Imp%20Grant.pdf#page=2

For information about eligible improvements for the Commercial Site Improvement Grant see: https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018-%20Comm%20Site%20Imp%20Grant.pdf#page=3

For information related to eligible improvements for the Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant, see: https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018%20-%20Comm%20BITI%20Grant.pdf#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187986

Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may receive a matching grant of up to $20,000. To receive the full award from the City, eligible project costs must exceed $40,000.

Applicants with properties listed on the Local Register of Historic Places may be eligible for an increase in the matching grant of up to $40,000 provided the award will be used to renovate the historic portion of the property and the approved work is found compliant with the City of St. Petersburg Historic Preservation Ordinance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Commercial businesses and/or property owners located within the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area are eligible for this program. For additional information about geographic eligibility, see:
https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018-%20Comm%20Site%20Imp%20Grant.pdf#page=3

Below are the disqualifying criteria that may be ineligible for funding
- Code enforcement liens over $2,500
- Special assessment liens over $500
- Pending judgment or foreclosure
- Felony conviction for financial mismanagement within the last five years
- Mortgage payments three months in arrears
- Unpaid property taxes
- Unpaid property insurance

For information about ineligible improvements for the Commercial Site Improvement Grant see: https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018-%20Comm%20Site%20Imp%20Grant.pdf#page=4

For information about ineligible improvements for the Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant, see: https://www.stpete.org/city_departments/docs/2018%20-%20Comm%20BITI%20Grant.pdf#page=3

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are required to attend a mandatory workshop to understand the application requirements and process.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y3trgebw

Dates:
- Monday, March 1, 2021, 2 - 3 PM
- Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6 - 7 PM
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2 - 3 PM
- Thursday, April 8, 2021, 6 - 7 PM

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be submitted by 5:00 PM on April 9, 2021.

There is a $35 nonrefundable application fee. The grant provides reimbursable matching grants.

Program information: http://www.stpete.org/city_departments/southside_cra.php

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications and mail application fees to:
Economic and Workforce Development Department
Municipal Service Building, 9th floor
1 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701

Online office hours are available by appointment on Wednesdays between 1-5 p.m. beginning February 10.
Contact Anthony Chan, Economic Development Specialist, at Tony.chan@stpete.org or by calling 727-551-3279.

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USA: Florida: St. Petersburg

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