Programs

lease it local ~ NEW

Lease It Local is a pilot program that provides early-stage & established small business owners with incentives to occupy vacant ground floor commercial units within a section of downtown Springfield.  Program provides a rental subsidy of up to 50% of monthly lease with a cap of $500/month with a total cap of $6,000 per business.  Businesses may also be eligible for grants covering up to 50% of professional services with a cap of $750 per business.

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LOCAL lift

The Local Lift program is intended to assist business and property owners in their efforts to increase business activity and foot traffic. Grant funds are to be used for improvements to vacant storefronts to attract potential businesses while at the same time, increasing the sense of public safety for pedestrians. In certain cases, upper-floor improvements are also necessary to attract businesses and investors and enhance the public experience, especially where upper-floors contain boarded-up windows and other signs of disinvestment, abandonment or blight.

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Corridor Storefront Improvement Program (CSIP)

The CSIP is a program designed to provide grants of up to $10,000 to eligible property owners and business tenants for improvements to ground-floor storefronts located on Main and State Streets with the goal of improving the physical appearance of buildings along these two important corridors. Currently, funds are available for eligible projects along these corridors located in the Mason Square area on State Street, and in the North End on Main Street.

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Curb Appeal Program

DevelopSpringfield’s Curb Appeal Program aims to promote neighborhood revitalization by providing grants of up to $5,000 for exterior improvements to residential properties in certain target areas. Currently, program funds are limited to the tornado-impacted zone in portions of the Maple High Six Corners and Old Hill neighborhoods near Central Street, the new Elias Brookings Elementary School, and Springfield College. 

Curb Appeal Program funds are currently unavailable. For more information, please email dmckahn@developspringfield.com and include your name, address and phone number.

Funding for the Curb Appeal Program has been made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund), TD Charitable Foundation, DevelopSpringfield, and the Rotary Club of West Springfield.

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