Grant Opportunities

Downtown Rochester offers a variety of grant opportunities and resources to Downtown businesses and the community.

COVID-19 Sidewalk Cafe Expansion Grant

The COVID-19 Sidewalk Café Expansion Grant program is in response to the Mayor’s amended emergency order regarding bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is aimed at assisting downtown bars and restaurants during this time with fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FFE) for additional outdoor pedestrian space through expansion of street-level sidewalk cafés.

The maximum amount of grant funding a business may receive, based on review and approval by a subcommittee appointed by the City of Rochester, is $2,000. Funds will be provided upfront and matching funds are not required.

Click HERE for more information about the COVID-19 Sidewalk Cafe Expansion Grant and how to apply.

Start-Up Event Grant

Whether you are organizing a poetry reading or planning a community festival, consider applying for the Rochester Downtown Alliance's Start-Up Event Grant open to new one-time events or event series, or existing successful events in need of support, taking place within Downtown Rochester.

Up to $3,000 in grant funding is possible per event.

Click HERE for more information about the Start-Up Event Grant and how to apply.

​Façade Improvement Grant

In an effort to assist Downtown merchants in maintaining high quality business spaces, the Rochester Downtown Alliance created the Façade Improvement Grant. In partnership with the City of Rochester, Downtown business owners can apply for up to $20,000 in matching grants funds to improve their properties.

Click HERE for more information about the Façade Improvement Grant and how to apply.

Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant

The COVID-19 crisis has presented many challenges to Rochester’s small business community and has also inspired quick and creative innovation and collaboration. The City of Rochester has approved $50,000 in grant funds to help Rochester-based small businesses and organizations that are helping each other respond, adapt, and strengthen Rochester’s economy for the future. Destination Medical Center is making an additional $50,000 available for businesses located in the DMC/EDA geographic area.

Click here for more information about the Keep it Local, COVID-19 Innovators Grant.