Storefront Improvement

Storefronts are important to New York City neighborhoods. They house local businesses, are a visible part of the street, and define the character and feel of a community. Well-designed storefronts enhance and give identity to New York City's diverse network of commercial districts.

What We Do

Our Storefront Improvement Program provides guidance to community groups pursuing storefront improvements in their commercial districts. Learn more about best practices in storefront design in Storefront Improvements: A Guide for Neighborhood Commercial Districts.

Storefront Improvements: A Guide for Neighborhood Commercial Districts

Top 10 Storefront Design Tips

Start Your Own Program

A Community-Based Organization (CBO) can play a vital role in enhancing a commercial district by administering its own storefront improvement program. Contact us for more information on how to create and run a program in your neighborhood.

Get Funding

Check out our Avenue NYC grants for information on funding to support the development and management of a storefront improvement program in your neighborhood.

CBOs interested in funding to cover storefront construction should visit NYS Office of Community Renewal's New York Main Street program. Our staff can provide technical assistance with Main Street grant applications and program administration.


Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Program

The Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Program provides funding to local property owners and businesses to complete exterior building renovation projects. The program reimburses up to 75% of the cost of eligible improvements with a maximum grant of $20,000 per property.

Applications for the 2017 funding round are closed. Complete an expression of interest form to be contacted when future funding opportunities become available.