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Application for the Downtown Improvement Incentives (FY21)

  1. Introduction

    The City acknowledges that Gilroy downtown businesses are an important part of our community and provide services and experiences that make our community unique. We are pleased to announce that the City Council has temporarily renewed the Downtown Improvement Incentive Programs, including the Commercial Corridor Development Incentive Program and the Facade Improvement Incentive Program. The new, limited-time incentive programs will help downtown businesses by assisting with efforts to refresh their buildings as they prepare for a post-COVID economic recovery. The new incentive programs are now available to businesses in Gilroy’s downtown core along Monterey Road and Gourmet Alley. Both incentive programs run from January 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021. Applicants may use this form to apply for both programs.

  2. The Downtown Commercial Corridor Development Incentive Program:

    Provides a 50% rebate up to $2,500 for all City imposed engineering, planning, and building fees for internal staff time.

  3. The Downtown Façade Improvement Incentive Program:

    Provides a 50% rebate of up to $2,500 to help fund minor façade improvements such as awnings, paint, windows, parklet, and other minor improvements.

  4. Which incentive are you applying for at this time?

    You may select either or both.

  5. Application Procedures for the Incentives

    Grant reservations will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis until funds are depleted, there is $50,000 available for each incentive. Applicants should expect the following order of events:

  6. 1. Applicants will apply for a grant reservation before they start their project and/or pull permits. Applications open January 1, 2021, at 8 am

  7. 2. Within two to three business days, applicants may receive a notice of grant reservation, if approved. The notice will provide additional instructions for how to receive reimbursement after the project is complete.

  8. 3. Applicants will then proceed with their project and initiate the improvement(s) within 30 days following the award of the grant and complete the project within 365 days.

  9. 4. After the project has been completed, applicants will submit receipts and request a disbursement of funds according to additional instructions provided in the notice of grant reservation.

  10. We hope to see many businesses apply and we look forward to working with you to improve your business and our City.

  11. Name of person filling out this form

  12. Name of person filling out this form

  13. Please match the name on the business license

  14. Optional - Staff will cross-reference information provided in the form with a list of business licenses. Applicants must have a current business license with the City of Gilroy.

  15. In a few words, please describe your business or provide a NAICS code.

  16. Write the address where the improvement project will take place

  17. Write the address of your principal place of business, or leave blank if same as the project site address

  18. Alternatively, applicants may write "see attached budget worksheet" and upload their own project description and budget immediately here below.

  19. If this is a Façade Project, which area will see the improvements?

    Please select either or both

  20. Applicants may receive 50% of project costs, to a maximum of $2,500. AND 50% of permit costs to a maximum of $2,500. A total of $5,000.

  21. Blank Form W9: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

  22. Is this a new business, or a business expanding to a second location, that will fill an existing vacant storefront?*

  23. Is your business privately owned and operated?*

  24. Is your business a chain or franchise?*

  25. The applicant must acknowledge and agree to the following:

  26. Idemnity*

    The recipient shall commit to defend, indemnify and hold the City, including its elected officials, officers, employees and agents, free and harmless from any claims, liabilities, costs, penalties or interest arising out of any failure or alleged failure of the grant recipient or its contractors or consultants to comply with applicable laws.

  27. Prevailing Wage Disclosure*

    Work funded through the Downtown Improvement Incentive Program may be considered a “Public Work” and may be subject to the payment of prevailing wages (California Labor Code Sections 1720 et seq and 1770 et seq, as well as California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 16000 et seq). The recipient must ensure that all bids solicited and all contracts for work funded through a grant made by the City comply fully with Prevailing Wage Laws.

  28. Operating Covenant*

    The recipient shall agree to continue operating in the same location for two-years after having received grant funding, as much as it is feasible, or return funding.

  29. Maintenance Covenant*

    The recipient shall agree to provide for ongoing maintenance of the property and, including, but not limited to, keeping the property free from litter, graffiti, peeling paint, unkempt landscape, and other unsightly features as determined by the City of Gilroy. Furniture shall be maintained in a safe and clean condition at all times. The recipient is liable for damage beyond normal and reasonable wear and tear. The recipient is required to ensure that the business is legal and compliant with the requirements of the zone applicable to the property. The recipient is required to maintain a clear pathway on sidewalks and all public permanent pedestrian facilities near their place of business (i.e. do not place furniture or signs on sidewalks).

  30. Nondiscrimination Covenants*

    The recipient shall not discriminate against person or group of persons on account of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, handicap, national origin or ancestry in the sale, lease, sublease, transfer, use, occupancy, tenure or enjoyment of the site, nor shall the recipient or any person claiming under or through it or them establish or permit any such practice or practices of discrimination or segregation with reference to the selection, location, number, use or occupancy of tenants, lessees, subtenants, sublessees or vendees of the site.

  31. Certification*

    I certify that I have received and reviewed the City of Gilroy’s Downtown Improvement Incentives Program Policies and Procedures. I agree to comply with all of the policies and regulations described therein in order to be eligible to receive grant funding through this program. I understand that grant funding is offered on a competitive basis and that the submission of this application in no way guarantees that I will receive funding through this program. The Property Owner or Applicant is responsible for paying the contractor in full for all the work provided. The City will reimburse the owner for completed and accepted work for fifty percent of the approved scope of work, up to a $2,500 award for project costs, and if applicable $2,500 for permit costs. I ALSO CERTIFY THAT ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS APPLICATION IS ACCURATE AND COMPLETE; THE ABOVE NOTED SCOPE OF WORK SHALL BE THE COMPLETE SCOPE OF WORK INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT AND CONSTRUCTED PER THE MOST RECENT CITY STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS. CITY STANDARD DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.

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