Overview

Business Façade pARTnership Grant Program

A Win-Win For Businesses and Artists

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) Business Façade pARTnership Grant partners local businesses with local artists and maker professionals to complete capital improvements to the façade of a business site. The program is designed to catalyze business growth within the BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD) that spans the 22-mile BeltLine corridor.

Business Façade pARTnership Grant Program Objectives

  1. Stimulate growth of business through capital improvements
  2. Provide work opportunities for Atlanta’s artist and maker community through the implementation of the transformative designs they create
  3. Catalyze revitalization of commercial districts within the TAD while showcasing a business’s proximity to the Atlanta BeltLine and attracting new tenants, investment, and customers to the district

How the Program Works

Phase 1: Call For Businesses

The Business Façade pARTnership Grant program will open a call for businesses to submit an application to participate in the 2020-2021 program. Interested businesses located within the Atlanta BeltLine TAD will submit an application outlining their façade improvement needs. A panel comprised of subject-matter experts from ABI will review applications using established standards and criteria and select three to four businesses to participate in the 2020 program.

Grants will vary depending on the cost to implement the capital improvement design selected and approved during the process but will not exceed $40,000 per business site. A 5% match will be required by the business participant prior to the implementation of the façade improvement and will be nonrefundable.

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Phase 2: Call For Artist Partners & Makers

The Business Façade pARTnership Grant program provides local artists and maker professionals with work opportunities that help support the revitalization of commercial districts.

Once business participants have been selected, a call for artists, featuring the façade improvement project opportunities, will be announced. Artists will be invited to submit proposals that showcase the business’ proximity to the BeltLine by providing a new BeltLine-facing façade, implement a COVID-related adaptation to the storefront, or other façade improvement that will help attract new customers, tenants, and investment to the commercial district. Artist proposals will be reviewed by subject-matter experts from ABI and receive input from the corresponding business participant.

Artist partners will be selected based on the artist proposal’s ability to meet the needs of the business’ request and ABI’s stated objectives, including the design’s durability/longevity and visual impact. “Improvement was made possible by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.” will be incorporated into the design.

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Phase 3: Façade Improvement

Once artists are selected, ABI will work with the business owner to finalize a project agreement.  A kick-off meeting will then be scheduled between the business owner, the artist partner, and ABI staff from Economic Development to discuss the implementation and construction schedule. The business participant fee of 5% will be generated based on the selected design budget and is nonrefundable. The grant is paid directly to the artist partner by ABI.

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For Businesses

BUSINESS FAÇADE PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM

Attract New Business in an Imaginative Way

The 2020 Business Façade pARTnership Grant program is now closed to Business Participant applicants.

2020-21 Target Timeline

  • September 10, 2020: Business Applications Open
  • October 7, 2020: Business Applications Due
  • November 2020: Business Participants Selected & Scope of Work created for a Call for Artists
  • December 2020/January 2021: Artist Selection Process, Agreements Executed
  • February 2021: Final Design Concepts Completed & Permitting Begins
  • March – May 2021: Finish Permitting & Project Sites Go Under Construction
  • June 2021: Project Sites Complete

Application Deadline: October 7, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.

Application Process

Grant Amount and Business Participant Match
Business Participant Applicants may apply for grant funding up to $40,000 for the design and implementation of a façade improvement by a selected artist partner. A 5% match (up to $2,000), will be required by the business participant prior to the implementation of the façade improvement and will be nonrefundable.

Eligibility
Any existing business located in the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD) is eligible to apply. If the applicant is a commercial tenant, they must provide proof of approval by the property owner,  along with a copy of the lease, which must be for at least three years. If the applicant is an owner-occupied business, the business owner must affirm that in the attached form and provide a deed or contract for documentation. The property must be up to date on all property taxes and other fees. Participation is subject to a review of existing conditions, and if not considered structurally sound will not be selected for the program.

Applicant Scoring Criteria
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will select three to four business participant applications for the 2020-2021 program. Business applicants will be evaluated by a committee consisting of subject-matter experts from ABI’s economic development, real estate, and community engagement departments. Business participant applications will be scored based on potential impact to stimulate growth of business through capital improvements and catalyze revitalization of commercial districts within the TAD.

Added consideration will be given based on the following criteria: structural viability of the site, visibility of the site to the corridor or intersecting commercial districts within the TAD, business/corridor investment need or distress (located in an Urban Enterprise, Less Developed Census Tract, New Market Tax Credit eligible census tracts, or Opportunity Zones), and locally owned/neighborhood owned businesses, among others.


Selected Businesses

Art Partners: Once business participants have been selected, a call for artists featuring the façade improvement project opportunities will be opened. Artists will be invited to submit proposals that showcase the business’ proximity to the BeltLine by providing a new BeltLine-facing façade, implement a COVID-related adaptation to the storefront, or other façade improvement that will help attract new customers, tenants, and investment to the commercial district. Artist proposals will consist of:

  • an overview of the proposed capital improvement (including materials to be used and how it meets the needs of the business participant and ABI’s stated objectives),
  • a rough design sketch, and
  • a project budget for each quote.

The proposals will be reviewed by subject-matter experts from ABI’s arts and culture, economic development and  design and construction departments, with input from the corresponding business participant.  ABI will select artist partners based on the artist proposal’s ability to meet the needs of the business’ request and ABI’s stated objectives, including the design’s durability/longevity and visual impact.  “Improvement was made possible by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.” will be incorporated into the design and the use of the design as a wayfinding component is greatly encouraged.

Once artists are selected, they will work directly with the business owner and ABI to finalize a project agreement.  A kick-off meeting is then scheduled between the business owner and the artist partner with ABI economic development staff to discuss the implementation and construction schedule. The business participant fee of 5% will be generated based on the selected design budget and is nonrefundable. The grant will be paid directly to the artist partner by ABI.

For Artists

Business Façade pARTnership Grant Program

Your Bold Idea can Entice New Business

The 2020-2021 Business Façade pARTnership Grant program will begin soliciting proposals from the artist and maker community following the selection of three to four Business Partners and sites in November 2020.

2020-2021 Target Timeline

  • November 2020: Open call for Artists
  • December 2020/January 2021: Artist Selection Process, Agreements Executed
  • February 2021: Final Design Concepts Completed & Permitting Begins
  • March – May 2021 Finish Permitting & Project Sites Go Under Construction
  • June 2021: Project Sites Complete

Application Process

The Business Façade pARTnership Grant Call for Artists will feature the façade improvement project opportunities of the selected Business Participants. Artists will be invited to submit proposals that showcase the business’ proximity to the BeltLine by providing a new BeltLine-facing façade, implement a COVID-related adaptation to the storefront, or other façade improvement that will help attract new customers, tenants, and investment to the commercial district. Carefully considering the stated objectives of the program, each artist proposal should consist of:

  • an overview of the proposed capital improvement (including materials to be used and how it meets the needs of the business participant and ABI’s stated objectives),
  •  a rough design sketch, and
  • project budget for each quote.

Artist Selection
The proposals will be reviewed by subject-matter experts from ABI’s arts and culture, economic development, design and construction, and community engagement departments, with input from the corresponding business participant. ABI will select artist partners based on the artist proposal’s ability to meet the needs of the business’ request and the program’s stated objectives, including the design’s durability/longevity and visual impact. “Improvement was made possible by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.” will be incorporated into the design.

Grants will vary depending on the cost to implement the capital improvement design selected and approved during the process but will not exceed $40,000 per business site. Once artists are selected, they will work directly with the business owner and ABI to finalize a project agreement. The grant will be paid directly to the artist partners by ABI.

Past Projects

Business Façade pARTnership Grant Program

Better Curb Appeal with a Creative Spin

In 2019, ABI launched a pilot program of the Atlanta BeltLine Business Façade pARTnership Grant. Two businesses were selected, and the façade improvements have been completed with great success.


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