Storefront Improvement Program

The Storefront Improvement Program provides matching grants to property owners or tenants seeking to renovate or restore ground-floor commercial building exterior facades. 

The Program seeks to increase accessibility into storefronts, improve the physical appearance of independently owned businesses, and enhance the commercial districts of Lowell. The program is federally funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is subject to federal regulation.

View the full ARPA Economic Development grants webinar or download the slide deck. 

Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

Prior to beginning an application, prospective applicants are advised to review the Program Guidelines (KhmerPortuguese, and Spanish), which contain detailed information about eligible projects and responses to common application questions. If you have questions about the application, please contact the Economic Development Office in the Department of Planning and Development to schedule an appointment before submitting your application.

Phone: 978-674-4252

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Apply online for the Storefront Improvement Program Grant

*Paper Applications
The preliminary application is available in paper form in EnglishKhmerPortuguese, and Spanish at the Economic Development Office in the Department of Planning and Development and may be picked up during regular business hours (Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 8 am-5:00 pm; Tues: 8 am-8 pm; Fri: 8 am-noon). You may submit a paper preliminary application by bringing it to the Department of Planning and Development OR by mailing it to:

Department of Planning and Development
Economic Development Office 
50 Arcand Drive, 2nd floor 
Lowell, MA 01852

*Online applications are strongly preferred. If applicants need assistance completing the application or accessing any related documents because of a disability, lack of internet access, a language barrier, or another question, please contact the Lowell Department of Planning and Development at 978-674-4252 or Please include your name, address, and phone number. If you do not speak English, please indicate the language you speak, and we will make accommodations to provide translation and/or interpretation services. The need for assistance will not impact your ability to participate in the program or limit your eligibility for funding.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

Grant Contact Information:
Phone: 978-674-4252