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Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program

The Impact Downtown Albany strategic plan shows that not only is there a significant demand for retail downtown, but that downtown will thrive when the retail mix fully represents Albany’s unique local character. The program assists businesses new to Albany to establish a downtown retail location as well as existing City businesses that want to expand by adding a downtown location. Existing retail locations in core areas of downtown Albany may also be enhanced under this program. Grant funding can assist with new location renovation and fit-up costs or with exterior improvements to properties.

The Program’s Guidelines are available below with additional details.

Applications And Supplemental Documents

Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program Application | Submit Online

Downtown Albany Retail Grant Program Application | Fillable PDF Version

As of  February 11, 2022 applications are being accepted for this program. You may use either version of the application above, you may submit through the online form, or download the fillable PDF version and email your completed application to [email protected]. 

Application Checklist

Budget Worksheet

Property Owner Declaration and Consent Form

Question Reference Document

Paper copies will be made available upon request. The Question Reference Document is not an application form, but can be used to assist with preparing your application. Be sure to save the supplemental PDF documents instead of making notes or preparing information in your web browser.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines | Download & Print


Is My Business Eligible?

To be eligible for this program, your application must be on behalf of a retail business, which is defined as a commercial enterprise that offers merchandise, food, or provides services to the public, the sale of which is subject to sales tax, and from which the revenue derived constitutes the majority of revenue for the business. Businesses that would be new to Albany are eligible & those located in the City of Albany that could successfully expand into a new downtown Albany location are eligible. Existing downtown retail locations are eligible for assistance with exterior improvements. Please reference the program guidelines or contact us for further eligibility questions.


Where Do I Need To Be Located?

Eligible projects must be located in downtown within the State Street and Pearl, and Broadway districts identified in the Impact Downtown strategy. Please see the program guidelines for a map of program boundaries.


Additional FAQs


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