Historic Parkrose Storefront Improvement Grant Program

Information & guidelines

The Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Storefront Improvement Grant Program provides matching grants to qualifying businesses and commercial property owners in the Parkrose Business District between 99th and 121st in the Historic Parkrose service area (see map below), who seek financial assistance for improvements to the appearance and visibility of their storefronts.

Grants can be as large as $25,000. All grants require a 40% financial “match” from the grant recipient (Grantee).


Some examples of Storefront Improvement Projects that Historic Parkrose funded are:

 O’Dear painting, new sign and removal of car from roof
 Grocery Outlet mural on side of building
 Parkrose Chiropractic: paint and a new sign
 Parkrose Chiropractic: paint and a new sign
 Nordic Inn: landscaping, stone siding and a new sign
 Moto Guzzi: new sign
 Nick’s Pub: new door
 Budget Inn: new locks for their doors

Who can apply for funding?

Any building owner or tenant with lease authority and authorization from the property owner can apply for a storefront improvement grant. Tenants must have a minimum of two years remaining on their lease or an option to renew. The project site must be located within Historic Parkrose’s service area. The exact contours of our service area can be found in the interactive map below.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The Storefront Grant Program covers improvements to the building’s façade (the building’s exterior wall facing the street), as well as improvements to the property’s grounds that are visible from the street.

Examples of possible project components include but are not limited to:

  • Exterior Paint and new siding
  • Architectural building façade updates
  • Door/window replacement
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Permanent landscaping improvements, including street trees
  • Unique Bike Racks
  • Signage (not including A-Boards)

What types of projects are ineligible for funding?

Examples of ineligible project components include but are not limited to:

  •   Deferred maintenance, such as roofs and broken windows
  •   Improvements not visible from a street
  •   Interior and parking lot improvements beyond landscaping
  •   Temporary or removable improvements
  •   Projects on sites that have exceeded the maximum grant in the last 5 years

Are there design guidelines or other selection criteria?

Projects must conform to all applicable rules and codes, include the Portland Zoning Code, and should be in alignment with the Historic Parkrose Design Vision Guidebook.

The Historic Parkrose Design Plan prioritizes projects that conform to the Grant’s goals:

  • Reflect the vision of the district
  • Improve safety and experience for patrons, pedestrians, vehicular traffic and business owners
  • Increase visibility and attractiveness of the business or building
  • Increase green space
  • Integrate sustainability (economic, environmental & social equity)

How does the application process work?

1. Informational Meeting:
Interested applicants must attend an informational meeting with the Historic Parkrose District Manager (Manager) to go over grant guidelines and the project proposal. Appointments can be made with staff by email at info@historicparkrose.com or by phone at 503-964-7807.

2. Site Visit: Staff will make a site visit to the property.

3. Submit Pre-application form: Applicant completes the pre-application form and submits it to the staff.

4. Application review: Staff will present the pre-application to Historic Parkrose’s District Improvement Grant (DIG) Committee.

5. Preapproval: If the Applicant’s concept is granted pre approval, the Applicant should collect bids from the project. Three competitive bids are required for most proposed work. For any element of the project that is bid at less than $5,000, one bid will suffice. Only bids from contractors licensed within the State of Oregon will be accepted. Except where a licensed contractor is required, it is possible for the Applicant to complete the work but will only be compensated for materials, not labor.

    • Grant match is based on the number of contractor bids submitted. If the applicant submits one bid, Historic Parkrose will cover 40% of the project. If the applicant submits two bids, Historic Parkrose will cover 50% of the project. If the applicant submits three bids, Historic Parkrose will cover 60% of the project.
    • If the applicant needs help finding contractors to submit bids, Historic Parkrose will assist the applicant.

6. Final grant proposal: Once the appropriate bids have been collected, the Grantee submits a final grant proposal to Historic Parkrose.

7. Contract signing: If that proposal is approved by the DIG Board, Historic Parkrose draws up a Letter of Commitment (contract) that provides a list of the work that will be done, the grant dollars committed by Historic Parkrose for each component of the work to be done based on the lowest of the bids submitted and the expectations of requirements of for fulfillment. The letter is signed by Historic Parkrose and the Grantee. Once fully executed, the grantee may proceed with the  approved project.

8. Implementation: The work must be completed within one year of receiving final approval for a storefront improvement project.The Grantee is responsible for hiring qualified professionals to carry out the grant-funded work. Most work must be completed by contractors licensed within the State of Oregon.  All construction contracts are between the Grantee and the contractor(s). Grantees are responsible for obtaining necessary regulatory approvals, including City of Portland building and development permits. All work must comply with city, state, and federal regulations.

  • Grantees submit contractors’ invoices for work to be done.
  • Historic Parkrose submits request for grant funds to Prosper Portland. It may take up to two weeks to receive grant funds.
  • Historic Parkrose pays contractors for storefront improvement work.
  • Grantee reimburses Historic Parkrose for their share of the grant.
    • If grantee submitted one bid for work:
      • Grantee pays 60%, Historic Parkrose pays 40%
    • If grantee submitted two bids for work:
      • Grantee pays 50%, Historic Parkrose pays 50%
    • If grantee submitted three bids for work:
      • Grantee pays 40%, Historic Parkrose pays 60%