The Downtown Everett Storefront Enhancement Grant is intended to provide financial support to business and property owners who embark on projects to improve the appearance of their building facades, storefronts, and window displays with the aim of improving the downtown district’s visibility, attractiveness, safety, and shopability.
A total of $45,000 is available to be awarded on a competitive basis. The program is a 50/50 match with up to $5,000 awarded to each approved applicant. The deadline to apply has been extended to November 30, 2023.
Use of Funds:
Funds may be used to reimburse costs of materials and labor including, but not limited to, the following types of projects:
Routine or deferred maintenance is NOT eligible for funding.
Funding for the Storefront Enhancement Grant is made possible by the Downtown Everett Association and economic recovery funds allocated by City of Everett Councilmember Paula Rhyne.October
How to Apply:
Download the grant application form. Applications can be submitted via email to [email protected] or delivered to the DEA office at 1511 26th St, Everett.
The deadline to apply for funding is November 30, 2023. Grants will be announced the following month.
Grants will be reviewed by a committee and scored based on set criteria, along with discretion by the selection committee members. Priority will given to projects that are likely to increase business activity and best improve the district’s visibility, attractiveness, safety, and shopability. Priority will also be given to projects that can realistically be completed within six months.
Projects can receive the grant maximum of $5,000 but may receive less based on the request, cost of the project, discretion of the committee, and availability of funds.
Awardees will be informed of their selection by DEA staff promptly after the selection process is completed. Upon acceptance of an award, successful applicants must sign a grant agreement that states the awardee agrees to the terms of the grant. The agreement must be signed before eligible expenses are incurred.
Upon completion of the project, proof of costs and payments must be submitted for reimbursement. Before and after photos must also be submitted. The project must be completed by September 30, 2024, to receive reimbursement.
Only approved project costs will be reimbursed. If there are any changes to the project before completion, qualifying expenditures must be approved by DEA staff. An extension to complete the project may be requested only if the project experiences unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Extensions will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of DEA staff.
Before submitting your application, please make sure the following are complete:
Email your completed application to [email protected] or deliver it to:
Downtown Everett Association
1511 26th St
Everett WA 98201
No, the Storefront Improvement Grant is only available to property owners and business owners located within Everett’s Downtown Improvement District (DID) boundaries. view map
Improvements that are highly visible to customers, neighboring merchants, and residents will be considered. Examples of eligible projects include exterior painting or murals, improved lighting, new signage, new window display fixtures, and outdoor curb appeal enhancements.
In addition to labor and material costs, grant requests may include costs that support the completion of a project such as consulting and design fees, permit fees, or equipment rental.
Other types of improvements may qualify on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Liz Stenning at [email protected] to inquire about project eligibility.
Yes, the maximum dollar amount for funding requests is $5,000. Additionally, a business or property owner must contribute an equal amount of the request. (If a project costs $5K, then the request cannot be greater than $2,500.)
Although some project costs could exceed $10,000, a business or property owner cannot be awarded more than $5,000.
Yes, you can request reimbursement for any amount up to $5,000. Priority will be given to projects that costs at least $1,000.
Yes, this is a 50/50 matching grant. Awardees will be reimbursed for 50% of an improvement project, up to $5,000.
If a project costs $5K, then you could receive $2,250; if the projects costs $10K, you could receive $5,000. If the project costs more than $10K, then the most you can receive is $5,000.
Yes, eligible expenses incurred after October 12, 2023 may be funded through the grant.
A Property Owner Authorization Form is required for applicants who do not own the property they occupy. The form must be signed by the property owner before any work may commence.
If the project falls under the applicant’s responsibility per their lease agreement, the Property Owner Authorization Form is not required. For example, some leases may require the tenant to replace broken windows. In this case, proof of responsibility may be required in place of the Property Owner Authorization Form.
Some projects may require City of Everett permits. Storefront Improvement Grant applications will only be reimbursed if all required permits and approvals are in place, as applicable.
For example, a sign permit is required for all signage that is visible from the street; a right-of-way permit is required for new outdoor cafe seating on the sidewalk.
If you have questions about whether a city permit is required for your project, please contact City of Everett permit services at 425-257-8810.
Yes, a property owner can submit an application for more than one property located in Downtown Everett. We will consider all applications, but we intend to provide funding for as many different businesses and property owners as possible.
If any funding is unallocated, another round of grants may become available later in the year or next year. Businesses may apply more than once, but we will prioritize funding as many different projects, businesses, and locations as possible.
2023 Storefront Enhancement Projects:
Artisans – added decorative window decals
Burkett’s – new exterior paint; replaced awning with new facade
Cafe Uu – added new exterior sign
MyMyToyStore – new exterior paint/mural; replaced front door
Petrikor – refreshed coat of paint to join two storefronts
Schack Art Center – added new lighted sign
The Cakewalk Shop – added new exterior lights
The Sisters Restaurant – added outdoor dining furniture
Wick-Ed Wines – added outdoor planters and new lighting