take local revitalization efforts into your own hands!

This year we're providing approximately $50,000 in matching grants to business and commercial property owners in St. Johns' Urban Renewal Area. Applicants can apply for $250 up to $5,000 for qualifying projects. All funds granted must be matched on a one-to-one basis by the business or property owner (example: we grant a business owner $250, they match by investing $250 of their own money). The goal of the program is to help businesses and property owners strengthen their businesses/buildings through improvement projects that provide a unique and attractive image and reflect the creativity of the business district. 

Qualifying project examples include improvements to the interior or exterior of buildings such as painting, lighting, signage, awning removal or replacement, planters, and other “sticks and bricks” projects. Funding cannot be used for maintenance repairs or improvements that will not stay with the building (display fixtures, A-frame signs, etc.)

Since 2014, St. Johns Center for Opportunity has invested more than $138,000 in storefront improvement projects in downtown St. Johns. From new signs to freshly painted buildings, the St. Johns business district is looking better than ever! 

Applications were due Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 5 pm

Click here to download the application overview and timeline. 
Click here to download the application form. 

Storefront Improvement grants may only be distributed to businesses located in St. Johns' Urban Renewal Area, which is a part of the Interstate Urban Renewal Area

Portland Main Street Design Handbook

Metro Low Cost High Impact Storefront Improvements Guide

If you have questions, or would like to speak with us about your project idea, please contact Lindsay at lindsay@stjohnsopportunity.org or 503-841-5522. You can also swing by our office, located at 8250 N Lombard Street.

Past Recipients

2014 Recipients
2015 Recipients
2016 Recipients
2017 Recipients
2018 Recipients


Funding for our Storefront Matching Mini Grants comes from the Prosper Portland.