Retail Assistance Mini Grant

Focusing on helping small businesses downtown improve the appearance of their property and enhance visitor experience in South Bend.

The Retail Assistance Mini Grant program focuses on helping small businesses in downtown South Bend improve the appearance of their property and enhance visitor experience in the downtown.

The grant is a rebate program under which owners will be reimbursed 50% of the total amount spent on the qualifying portion of the project (minimum grant of $100 and a maximum of $1000). The cost for all the work must be paid for in full by the applicant before any grant funds are paid by DTSB. The applicant shall provide proof that all costs have been paid.

A downtown business is eligible for one grant per year. Applicants cannot apply for the DTSB Façade & Streetscape Grant and the DTSB Business Assistance Mini Grant at the same time. Façade Grant recipients have to wait a minimum of one year to apply for the Mini Grant.

Sample of Eligible Uses

Interior Design Enhancements: including interior Paint, Carpet, Shelving, Lighting, Window Displays and Window Treatments.
Exterior Improvements: including café tables & chairs, unique sidewalk signs, artistic business signage, planters.

Ineligible Uses

Financing existing debt, Projects begun prior to grant approval, merchandise, professional design fees.

For questions, please contact the Director of Business Engagment at or at 574-968-7291.

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