Community & Business Grants

Community Grants

The Delray Beach CRA offers grant programs to residents and community groups within the CRA District. These community grants encourage job creation and property improvements, which ultimately enhance the quality of life for Delray Beach as a whole.

Master Grant Application Form

Additional Info on Community Grants 

The CRA makes small annual grants—up to $1,500—available to nonprofit community and cultural groups on that provide ongoing services that support the CRA mission within the CRA District.

 

Purpose: The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was established by the Delray Beach City Commission on June 18, 1985 with the adoption of Ordinance 46-85. Redevelopment is the undertaking of activities or projects in a community redevelopment area for the elimination and prevention of the development or spread of slum and blighted conditions. The CRA recognizes that community redevelopment has many facets and that all aspects cannot, and should not, be undertaken solely by one agency. It should be a collaboration of many agencies working together in the implementation of their community’s Redevelopment Plan.

 

The CRA’s Community Sponsorship Program serves two purposes. One is to recognize through a show of support those agencies whose programs, services and/or events directly serve the citizens and visitors of Delray’s community redevelopment area and support the mission and principles of the CRA. The other is to provide assist those fledgling agencies in the community who are putting together programs that address needs in the community and support the mission and principles of the CRA. The CRA provides support under this program through small monetary grants. These grants are in no way intended to: provide general operating funds, finance agency operating, program shortfalls, or take the place of agency fundraising efforts.

 

Guidelines for Eligibility

 

For the purposes of community sponsorship, the Delray Beach CRA requires that:

 

  • Applicant must be a not for profit organization, registered and in good standing with the State of Florida;
  • Applicant must deliver a program and/or service within the CRA district;
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate how programs and services help further the mission of the CRA and address at least one of the CRA’s Overall Needs, as defined below;
  • Programs and services must benefit an identifiable population within the Community Redevelopment Area;
  • CRA support cannot exceed 25% of the total program or service budget in the first year of support and 10% thereafter.

 

Overall Needs

 

  • Removal of Slum and Blight – the elimination of deteriorated structures and conditions that are a threat to the health, safety or welfare of area residents; the provision of financial incentives to encourage upgrades to existing properties.
  • Land Use – the establishment of a balanced mix of land uses within the CRA District, including commercial businesses, convenience, and public facilities; this may include the implementation of neighborhood improvement plans and business development initiatives.
  • Economic Development – activities and initiatives that increase the tax base by improving the overall marketability of the city as a commercial, recreational and residential area; this may include the generation of pedestrian activity in the downtown and the facilitation of job creation.
  • Affordable Housing – the provision of sufficient affordable housing to meet the needs of the current and projected community, including those with limited means; this may include supplying buildable land, incentives for builders that create affordable housing, and the actual construction of affordable housing units.

Downtown Housing – the creation of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments in the downtown area, providing local consumers that support the downtown economy.
Infrastructure – the provision of support infrastructure, including parking, streetscape improvements, pedestrian safety enhancements, and modifications to the traffic circulation system.
Recreation & Cultural Facilities – support for cultural programs and recreational facilities that produce programs designed to serve the needs of residents and attract visitors to the city, in accordance with the Downtown Master Plan, the City’s recreation master plan and various other neighborhood plans within the CRA District.

 

Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis. The maximum amount of any charitable grant is $1,500 per agency or organization during any calendar year. All grants are awarded or denied at the discretion of the CRA Board of Commissioners.

For the purposes of delineating an event from a program or service, an event is defined by the CRA as a) being run for the purposes of entertainment and/or the raising of funds, or b) the delivery of instruction and/or education to a group in a highly structured, condensed format with no ongoing regular schedule of occurrence. Programs and services are ongoing, regularly scheduled and provide ongoing support to a defined segment of the population.

 

Maximum Grant Levels

 

$1,500 ­ in support of an organization or program in the community.

In no event shall the CRA make charitable donations in support of:

  • General operating expenses of an organization or agency
  • Operating salaries or administrative positions (grant fund may be used to fund program specific positions)

Application for Community Sponsorship must include a completed, signed application accompanied by the required backup items. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications may take up to 30 days for review and require Board approval at a regularly scheduled meeting. Applicants may be asked to attend a CRA meeting to present their request to the CRA board. CRA board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted.

This program offers up to $10,000 to make minor structural and cosmetic exterior improvements to single-family homes in the Northwest and Southwest Neighborhoods in the CRA District.

 

The elimination of slum and blight within the Community Redevelopment Area is the top priority of the Delray Beach CRA. Many of our grant programs help defray the cost of property improvements as an incentive for owners to participate in the redevelopment process.

 

In an effort to extend these incentives to single-family residential structures, the Curb Appeal Residential Improvement Program was created in 2007. The program is limited to homes in the Northwest and Southwest Neighborhoods of the CRA District.

 

Curb Appeal grants cover the cost of minor exterior property improvements, which can improve the aesthetics of a residential dwelling and increase property value. Funding is available at two levels—full grants cover 100% of project costs (up to $10,000 per structure), while matching grants cover 50% of project costs (up to $10,000 per structure). Some income eligibility criteria apply.

 

The Curb Appeal program is administered by the Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Delray Beach. For more information or to request an application, please email City Rehabilitation Specialist Dennis Thompson or call him at (561) 243-7280. A more detailed program description and list of eligibility requirements can be found in the Curb Appeal Information Brochure.

 

Eligible costs include:

  • Exterior Painting & Pressure Cleaning
  • Replace Missing or Rotten Siding
  • Landscaping & Irrigation
  • Driveway Repair
  • New House Numbers
  • Mailbox Replacement

 

Grants are reviewed and awarded by the Board of Commissioners of the Delray Beach CRA. Please allow up to ten (10) weeks for application processing and project bids. Funding is budgeted on an annual basis and is approved on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to homes located on SW 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Avenues.

Business Grants

The Delray Beach CRA offers several grant programs to businesses and commercial properties located within the CRA District. These programs encourage job creation and property improvements, which ultimately enhance the quality of life for Delray Beach as a whole.

 

If you are interested in applying for funding assistance for a business or commercial property, please complete our Business Grant Intake Form, and submit it to the CRA office. This will allow our staff to offer you the most useful information for your specific request. The form may be submitted electronically or in person.

Additional Info on Business Grants 

This program offers a partial reimbursement for the cost of exterior improvements to commercial and multi-family buildings in the CRA District.

 

The Site Assistance Program was established to encourage redevelopment in the CRA district. Grants are provided to bolster business expansion and property upgrades by assisting with the costs of engineering and architectural plans, building renovations and exterior improvements. Site Assistance Grants are on a reimbursement basis. Eligible businesses must be located in the CRA district.

 

  • Funds for projects in the West Atlantic area, CBD-RC and Sub-Area #5 of the CRA District (north of George Bush Blvd. only), as well as retailers and eligible office space in Downtown Clusters 4 & 6 are available for up to 40% of the total project cost, with a maximum grant of $50,000.
  • Funds for projects in other areas are available for up to 25% of the total project cost, with a maximum grant of $25,000 per project.
  • Applicants will be reimbursed only for project designs and expenses approved in advance by the CRA board.
  • Site Assistance funds are dispersed to grantees on a reimbursement basis after the application is approved, and after proof of vendor payment has been provided to the CRA.

 

The Site Development Assistance application form and program guidelines may be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Businesses and property owners are encouraged to meet with CRA staff to review eligibility and the application process before submitting an application. Please email Economic Development Manager Elizabeth Burrows or call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640 to schedule an appointment.

 

Grants are reviewed and awarded by the Board of Commissioners of the Delray Beach CRA. Please allow up to six weeks to process applications. Funding is budgeted on an annual basis and is approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Site Development Assistance Program Guidelines

New businesses in Delray Beach that are located in the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA District) may qualify for up to $500 in monthly rental assistance for 12 months during their first 18 months of operation.

 

The Business Development Assistance Program was established to assist small businesses within the CRA District with start-up during the critical first year of operation. The goal of the program is to provide cash subsidies to the landlord, thereby offering an initial safety net to help insure long term success for the business. The program was most recently updated in June 2012.

 

  • To qualify for the Business Development Assistance Program, the business must be new to the CRA district (in operation for six months or less) and must fill at least two full-time equivalent positions (please refer to program guidelines for detailed job requirements). Artist Exception: Art galleries and/or studios in which the primary artist is the owner-operator need not employ additional employees to be eligible for assistance under the Business Development Assistance Program.
  • The Business Development Assistance Program provides rent subsidies of up to one-third of the business’s monthly rent or $500 per month (whichever is less) for 12 months during the first 18 months of a multi-year lease.
  • The maximum annual subsidy per business is $6,000 paid in monthly installments directly to the landlord.
  • Download the CRA District Map to view the entire eligibility area.

 

Applications for the Business Development Assistance Program are available at the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. All applications are subject to final approval by the CRA Board of Commissioners. Funding is budgeted on an annual basis and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants should allow up to four weeks for processing and board review.

 

To request more information or an application, please email Elizabeth Burrows, Economic Development Manager, or call the CRA office at (561) 276-8640. The Business Development Assistance application brochure may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Business Development Assistance Program Guidelines

Businesses in the CRA District may receive up to $75,000 toward the restoration and rehabilitation of contributing structures in historic districts or designated historic properties. In exchange, the CRA receives a permanent architectural easement on the façade of the structure.

 

The Historic Façade Easement Program was established in 1994 to promote historic preservation as a redevelopment tool. Through this program, the CRA may purchase an easement over the façade of a historic structure for a portion of the cost of exterior improvements. The easement benefits the property owners by allowing them to initiate improvements at a fraction of the cost. It also benefits the public by improving the appearance of the building, the area in general, and by preserving a historic structure as a linkage to the past. The CRA retains ownership and architectural control of the historic façade in perpetuity.

 

Private projects may be awarded a maximum of $75,000. Public projects may be awarded a maximum of $125,000. Nonprofit projects may recieve up to $125,000 if their facilities are made available for public uses on a continuing basis. At least 51% of funds must be used for the renovation/restoration of the exterior façade of the structure. Program funding is distributed on a reimbursement basis, but expenses incurred before CRA board approval are ineligible for reimbursement.

 

Buildings must located within the CRA District and must be either a designated historic site with the City of Delray Beach or a contributing structure in a historic district.

This program offers a 50% reimbursement of the cost of exterior painting, pressure-cleaning and signage expenses for existing commercial and multi-family properties throughout the CRA District, up to $5,000.

 

The Paint-Up & Signage Program was established by the CRA to encourage existing building owners or operators to improve the exterior of their buildings through a new coat of paint and signage. The program allows the building owner to share the cost of these minor improvements with the Delray Beach CRA. Interior paint projects are not eligible.

 

  • To qualify for the program the building must be located in the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Area.
  • The CRA will reimburse the business owner or property owner for up to for 50% of the cost of an approved exterior pressure cleaning, paint and signage project, up to a maximum of $5,000. Any improvements made before approval of the grant application by the CRA Board are automatically ineligible for reimbursement.
  • Applicants must submit a completed Paint-Up & Signage Program application form, labeled samples of paint color choices, at least two estimates from licensed and insured painters, at least two estimates for signage, and proof of color approval from the City of Delray Beach.
  • After the application is approved by the CRA Board, the applicant must provide the agency with copies of final invoices for paint and signage expenses, along with acceptable proof of payment, in order to receive reimbursement.

 

The Paint-Up & Signage Program guidelines and application form may be downloaded by clicking on the link below. To request more information, please email Economic Development Manager Elizabeth Burrows, or call the CRA office at 561.276.8640. Please allow up to four weeks for processing, review and approval of assistance requests.

Paint-Up And Signage Program Guidelines