Business Improvement and Growth Program
The Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Program provides technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants seeking to renovate or restore their exterior signage, lighting or commercial building façades. The BIG program is designed to impact properties in need of revitalization, resulting in the improved exterior, visibility and presentation of a business. The BIG program is not designed to subsidize corrections to building code violations that prolong the life of a substandard commercial property. Any BIG project should strive toward increases in sales and/or revenue for the occupant or property owner.
BIG will provide a 25% matching grant of up to $20,000 for the funding of well-designed improvements that will coordinate all the important features of the storefront into a more attractive image while creating, if necessary, an accessible entrance for the public. This may include the restoration of architectural details, better windows and doors, and well proportioned signage and lighting. An additional 50% matching grant up to $5,000 may be available for construction of monument-type signage.
To be a eligible to participate in the BIG Program, a property must be located in North Richland Hills south of Mid Cities Boulevard whose storefronts face onto Rufe Snow Drive, Davis Boulevard or Boulevard 26 and the streets of Glenview Drive and Bedford Euless Road. A map of eligible locations is available in the program guidelines and application (PDF) document linked below.
Please note that an application must be submitted and approved before improvements to the property may begin. Improvements made prior to written approval of a proposed design by the city’s Economic Development Committee will not be funded.